Catalan separatists parties are set to continue their hold on the regional parliament, despite an forced election called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, with disputed President Carles Puigdemont claiming victory.
Following an Oct. 1 independence referendum Spain’s constitutional court called illegal, Puigdemont went into exile in Belgium with some of the former government, and the rest in Spanish custody.
In what is seen as a test for the independence movement, Puigdemont has claimed victory for the separatist bloc while the pro-Madrid Citizen party has taken the most votes for a single party.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Carles Puigdemont from the Independent.