BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Pro-independence parties pushing for independence from Spain were on track to win a majority in Catalonia’s regional parliament, early results and exit polls showed Sunday, indicating that they must launch negotiations to find a way to push together for a plan to secede.
The exit poll, commissioned by Catalonia’s TV3 channel, showed the “Together for Yes” group of secessionists winning 63-66 seats in the 135-member parliament. That’s short of the 68 seats they needed for a majority to push forward their plan to make Catalonia independent from Spain by 2017.
But the radical left pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy party, or CUP, was projected to win 11 to 13 seats in the parliament, which represents the northeastern region of 7.5 million people bordering France that is responsible for nearly a fifth of Spain’s economic output.
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