Blow to Madrid as Catalonia hands majority to separatists

Dec 22, 2017, 5:06 AM EST
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The pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia secured a slim majority in snap elections held on Thursday, a development that deals a several blow to Madrid that sought to snuff out the secessionist drive with the polls.

The three separatist parties bagged 70 out of 135 seats in the regional parliament, however, pro-unionist Citizens party emerged as the single largest party with 36 seats, writes The Guardian.

Despite uncertainty over who will form the next government, Catalonia's ousted separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, hailed the results as a “defeat” for the Spanish state, notes the BBC.