Catalonia’s Pro-Independence Parties Win the Elections

Catalonia’s independence movement claimed victory in the region’s election with parties seeking secession set to gain an overall majority in parliament, The Independent writes.

JxCat is expected to get 34 seats; ERC 32 and the CUP 4. Ciudadnos is due to get 36 seats: the Catalan Socialist party 17; the anti-austerity Comu-Poden 8 and the People’s Party 4.

Late on Thursday, JxCAt – led by deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont – claimed victory and demanded the release of political prisoners.

“The Spanish state has been defeated,” Mr Puigdemont said, without saying if he would return to Spain. “Mariano Rajoy has received a slap in the face from Catalonia.”