Separatists Win Majority of Seats In Catalan Vote


Separatists in the wealthy Catalonia region won a parliamentary majority in an election they cast as a referendum on independence, though it was unclear whether they would have a strong enough mandate to break away from Spain.

Together, the two main separatist tickets on the ballot won just under 48% of the popular vote on Sunday, according to near complete official returns. But a quirk in election law—which gives greater weight to ballots from more sparsely populated rural areas—enabled the independence tickets to win a combined 72 of 135 seats, a solid majority in the Catalan parliament.