Victory for Catalan nationalists

Published on 29 November 2010 at 10:47


"Mas will govern," headlines La Vanguardia, in the wake of elections in Catalonia, which resulted in a clear victory for the centre-right Catalan nationalist Convergencia i Unió (CiU) and its leader, Artur Mas. CiU won 62 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament, taking many of them from the outgoing coalition, composed of socialists, Greens and left-wing independents, which only obtained 48 seats as opposed to 70 in the previous administration. With 18 MPs, the Catalan People’s Party (PPC) will now become the third force in the region. The Barcelona daily notes that the CiU has pledged to obtain a special economic and tax conditions for Catalonia, comparable with those of the Basque country. It has also promised to “overcome limitations to the Catalan Statute of Autonomy imposed by the Spanish Constitutional Court.”

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