Catalonia election hailed a pro-independence victory
Catalonia is threatening to push ahead with plans to break away from the rest of Spain after a controversial regional government election brought the region’s separatist party to power on Sunday.
The vote was billed as a pseudo-independence referendum but, had the election been a real independence vote, the party would have fallen short of the 50%-plus-one-seat majority it would have needed to claim a victory; the separatist coalition managed to get 47.9% of the vote. The coalition is claiming the election as a key moment for democracy while other factions believe it moves Spain closer to political crisis. Read more: theguardian.com