“We have won”, he bellowed, after results published by the regional government showed that his separatist alliance and another pro-independence group won an absolute majority of seats between them.
Opponents of secession said the result was a clear vote against independence and a few called on regional president Artur Mas to resign. Catalan premier Artur Mas set a majority of seats in the regional parliament as his goal in order to push ahead with a roadmap that would see the creation of an independent state by 2017.
Secessionists have long pushed for an independence referendum, but Spain’s central government refused to allow it – saying such a vote would be unconstitutional.
Spain’s ruling “Partido Popular” party insists Spain will continue to be united following a massive vote in favour of separatist parties that support independence for Catalonia.
However, CUP said it could not condone Mas as president of Catalonia, in order to avoid “cuts and corruption”. However, he said that he is willing to collaborate with the next Catalan government, but only “within the law”.
“What I’m ready to do, as I’ve always said, is listen and talk”.
Two parties that seek Catalonian independence from Spain took a nine-seat majorityafter winning 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament. “But at last the ballot boxes are in place and there will be a plebiscite, politically speaking, on the future of Catalonia”. “The economic things that have been appearing in the campaign were only scaremongering, were only threats, they were only trying to disrupt the vote”.
The SNP’s landslide win in the 2011 Holyrood elections was accepted as a mandate for a Scottish independence referendum by the Westminster government, which temporarily handed Holyrood the constitutional power to hold a legally-binding vote on September 18 previous year.
A large crowd of supporters in favor of independence gathered in the centre of the city where Junts pel Si held their election night meeting.
Nicholas Spiro, head of Spiro Sovereign Strategy, said the result “raises more questions than it answered” and made for an uncertain national election later this year.
The most important secessionist sector “Junts pel Si” (Together for Yes) finished 62 chairs, as the more compact leftist Measuring cup occasion got another 10, according to… CUP leaders have also declared that they want an immediate declaration of independence rather than the 18-month secession road map favored by the “Yes” bloc.