Catalan secessionists win parliamentary elections

Catalan separatists win parliamentary elections, claim mandate to break with Spain

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Catalan President Artur Mas (C) stands with ERC's Oriol Junqueras (R), Raul Romeva (2nd L) and other politicians as they address Junts Pel Si (Together For Yes) supporters after polls closed in a regional parliamentary election in Barcelona, Spain

Updated Sep 28, 2015

Catalan seperatists in the parlimentary elections on Sunday won a clear majority of seats, securing 72 out of 135 seats in the region.

Ahead of the elections, the two parties supporting seperation from Spain said that a victory on the results would allow them to declare independence from the Spain’s central government in the course of 18 months.

On the results, acting regional government head Artur Mas said that "Catalans have voted yes to independence," and that a "democratic mandate" now exists.

According to officials results, “Junts pel Si, [Together for Yes]" party won 62 seats, while the remaining 10 votes was won by the CUP party. 

The independence plan includes an approval of Catalonia's own constitution, central banking system, judicial system and an army. However, in Spain, secession of a region from the central government is against the constitution.

The shift of the balance of power in parliment is believed to reflect the national elections in three months.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s center-right government refers to the secession plan as “non-sense” and voved to block it in court. The Rajoy administration also opposed attempts to hold a referandum on the subject. 

Despite the fact that there is now a potential ground to carry out secessionist agenda, opinion polls show a majority of Catalans would like to remain within Spain, if there were better culture protection laws and a favorable tax regime.

TRTWorld, Reuters