Independence debate as Catalonia holds regional elections
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Regional elections are taking place today in, , in which the biggest talking point is whether the should become an independent country. The polls are being held early as the national government has not allowed an official referendum on independence. Opinion polls, according to , suggest the secessionists will win more than half of the 135 seats but less than half of the popular vote.
The pro-independence parties include the(Together for Yes) coalition and the left-wing (CUP). If they win a clear majority, the Junts pel Sí hopes to hold further elections in eighteen months after developing future state institutions such as a separate tax office. However, they might have to find a compromise candidate for regional president because CUP does not support the incumbent, . The CUP is also campaigning for Catalonia to leave the .
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In contrast, the, led by Spanish Prime Minister , has called for Catalonia to remain within Spain. Rajoy took part in a campaign video on Friday in which he says "united we will win".
Other parties in the election include the, which has called for a federal solution, and the , which is proposing a reform of the financial balance between the national and regional governments.
Voting was due to finish at 8pm(1800 ) today and more than 5 million people are eligible to participate.
- Miquel Noguer. "Catalonia goes to the polls at elections that could decide region’s future" — , September 27, 2015
- Julien Toyer. "Catalan separatists see election boost as step towards independence" — , September 27, 2015
- Ashifa Kassam. "Catalans cast votes in unofficial independence referendum" — , September 27, 2015