Poll: Separatists ahead in Catalonia election

Pollsters in Catalonia project separatist parties have won the most seats in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. The separatists are expected to claim a total of 73 to 80 seats in the regional parliament in Barcelona, according to a projection from state broadcaster RTVE after polling stations closed at 8 pm (1900 GMT). The required absolute majority in Barcelona is 68 seats of total of 135 seats. The Socialist PSOE, which governs in Madrid and is called PSC in Catalonia, is meanwhile thought to have considerably improved its standing with a projected 34 to 36 votes. This party is against a sece…

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