The Guardian. Catalan leader will fall short of majority to press for independence, polls say. 18.11.2012
Catalan leader will fall short of majority to press for independence, polls say.
Key Spanish media predict next Sunday’s regional elections will leave Artur Mas’s party without mandate to hold referendum
Catalan president Artur Mas’s party will fall short of the overall majority it needs at regional elections on 25 November to hold a referendum overCatalonia‘s independence from Spain, opinion polls published in several Spanish newspapers on Sunday have predicted.
A survey by the Metroscopia polling group in El País, Spain’s biggest selling non-sports paper, predicted Convergència i Unió’s (CiU) haul would be unchanged at 62 seats in the 135-member Catalan parliament after next Sunday’s polls. Meanwhile, Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia forecast the conservative party would garner 62-64 legislators in the assembly, compared with the 68 they would need to govern without the support of six other parties expected to win seats.
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