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December 21, 2017
Neither prison, exile, intervention into the autonomy of the region, censorship, or the enormous media, political, police and judicial campaign by Spain have been unable to break the will for independence in Catalonia. With an historic level of voter turnout of more than 80%, the three pro-independence parties again took an absolute majority: Together for Catalonia (Junts per Catalunya), with President Carles Puigdemont at the head, beat all the poll predictions and became the leading independentist force, with 34 seats, followed by the Republican Left – with Oriol Junqueras at the head of their list, in prison – with 32 seats. The addition of the four deputies from the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) assures an absolute majority and essentially nullifies the first place of Ciudadanos (Citizens Party), which, at 36 seats, obtained most of the unionist vote, in particular detriment to the PP, which, with three only deputies, becomes but a residual party in Catalonia. Catalonia in Common (Catalunya en Comú) scored less votes than Catalunya Sí que es Pot in 2015, and went from eleven seats to eight.
The Socialist Party, who supported article 155, and for whom Miquel Iceta had raised great electoral expectations, only added a single deputy over and above their achievement in the 2015 elections. All in all, the article 155-supporting bloc obtained 57 seats, in contrast to the 70 of the pro-independence movement.
All the independence forces came out to celebrate the election results, mutually praised each other and vindicated the legitimacy of the government which has been attacked by Rajoy’s executive for the last two and a half months.