by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/22/17, 10:43 am
Catalonia’s separatist parties on Friday maintained a parliamentary majority following a snap regional election set by the Spanish prime minister in a bid to quell calls for secession. The three pro-independence parties won 70 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament. The center-right Citizens Party earned the most seats, 37, but that didn’t give it enough to form a regional government. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party won only three seats, down from its previous seven.