facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Key local elections in Spain's Catalonia

Nov. 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM   |   Comments

MADRID, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Voters in Spain's Catalonia were expected to elect a local government that favors independence despite warnings such a move would be illegal, analysts said.

Sunday's snap election was called amid a public dispute over finances between the Spanish government and Catalan president Artur Mas and was billed by some analysts as the most important vote in Spain's post-Franco history, Britain's Financial Times said.

The Times said Mas's CiU party has argued for greater control over tax revenues but has also staunchly opposed breaking Catalonia away from the rest of Spain. Polls, however, indicated the CiU was highly unlikely to gain an absolute majority of 68 seats in the Catalan parliament.

Opposition parties that favor independence gained support in the pre-election polls and could be strong enough after Sunday to form a coalition that would open the door to a vote on independence within three years, the Financial Times said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs
2
Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed
3
Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53 Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53
4
Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations
5
Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback