21-Dec-17 Election Special 2: ‘Pro-independence parties keep majority’
The pro-independence parties keep their majority in the Catalan election. Altogether they’ve got 70 seats, two more than the minimum needed for the majority. Yet the winner of the election is the unionist Ciutadans, with 36 seats, and one out of every four votes. But this hasn’t been enough for the unionist bloc to stop a new pro-independence majority emerging in the parliament. While the Socialists haven’t grown as expected, support for Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party has drastically dropped. Only 4% of citizens have voted for the party which suspended self-rule in Catalonia and forced the election in the first place, after dismissing the Catalan government. In between Catalonia in Common failed to be decisive in the chamber. In fact, the Barcelona mayor's party even suffered some losses.