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“Spain’s Catalonia Region Votes for New Parliament
December 21, 2017 6:12 AM, VOA News
Voters in Spain’s Catalonia region are choosing members of their regional parliament Thursday in an election called after the separatist lawmakers made a unilateral declaration of independence in October.
Opinion polls ahead of the vote put the pro-independence and unionist parties about even.
No single party is expected to win a majority, meaning a coalition will need to be formed to lead the regional government.
Some 5.5 million people are eligible to take part in Thursday’s voting.
Spain’s central government seized control of the wealthy autonomous northern region after its parliament in Barcelona voted for independence on October 27, more than three weeks after 90 percent of Catalan residents voted in favor of secession in a referendum. However, less than half the electorate took part in that vote.
Dozens of secessionist politicians were arrested in the aftermath, and the head of the regional government, Carles Puigdemont, fled to Belgium to escape arrest on charges of rebellion and sedition.
Eight members of the dissolved regional government and two prominent activists remain in jail.” https://www.voanews.com/a/spain-catalonia-votes-for-new-parliament/4173035.html
In the Catalan Independence Referendum, 5,313,000 should have had the right to vote. 770,000 could not vote because 400 polling stations had been closed and ballots seized by the Spanish police. Thus, only approximately 4,543,000 actually had the right to vote, but apparently risked injury at the hands of the Spanish police. 2,262,424 voted, meaning that the turnout was at around 50%. See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/catalonia-referendum-at-least-844-injured-by-spanish-police-while-trying-to-vote-90-vote-for-independence-party-of-spanish-pm-was-founded-by-francoist-fascists/