Catalan elections: secessionists claim victory
With a majority of the votes counted, the pro-independence parties are on course to win a majority in local elections described as a quasi-referendum on independence
The figures show separatist parties on course to win an absolute majority and, with it, a mandate to seek Catalan independence.
According to the poll released by local broadcaster TV3 - the largest carried out - the two largest secessionist groups “Junts pel Sí” and CUP would get between 74 and 79 of the 135 parliamentary seats between them. And they would jointly obtain 49.8% of the vote.
With a majority, they have said they would unilaterally declare independence within 18 months, something the central government in Madrid says it would block in court because the Spanish constitution does not allow it.