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Catalonian leader disappointed in vote

11-26-2012 19:17 BJT

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Voters in Spain's northeastern autonomous region of Catalonia have given a majority to parties seeking Catalan independence.

However, Catalan President Artur Mas, who called the early election and pushed for independence, lost seats. His centre-right CiU remains the largest bloc, winning 50 seats out of 135, down from 62 last time.

Mr Mas called early elections after a funding row with the central government in Madrid. Mr Mas says the wealthy and influential north-eastern region gets a raw funding deal from the central government. His centre-right Catalan nationalist coalition argues a Catalan state would fare better as a member of the EU than a province of Spain. Mr Mas also has said he will consult the people on independence within four years.

Catalonia is responsible for around a fifth of Spain’s economic output. But many residents feel the central government gives back too little in recognition of the region’s contribution.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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