Pro-Secession Party May Win Elections in Spain

An exit poll predicted on Sunday that pro-independence parties in Spain’s Catalonia region were likely to win a majority of seats in the regional parliamentary election, but it’s unclear whether they would be able to come together to push for a plan to secede from Spain.

The exit poll by Catalonia’s TV3 channel showed the “Together for Yes” group of secessionists winning 63-66 seats in the 135-member parliament. That’s short of the 68 seats they needed for a majority to push forward their plan to make Catalonia independent from Spain by 2017.

But the radical left pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy party was projected to win 11 to 13 seats in the parliament, which represents the northeastern region of 7.5 million people bordering France that is responsible for nearly a fifth of Spain’s economic output.

The two parties could join forces after negotiations but the Popular Unity Candidacy, known as CUP, has insisted that it will only push for independence if secessionist parties win a majority of more than 50 per cent of the popular vote.