MADRID, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The ruling Convergence and Union
alliance, or CiU, is expected to get the most votes in regional
elections in Spain's Catalonia on Sunday, according to an exit
poll by TV3, Catalan public television.
CiU, whose leader Artur Mas says he will call a referendum
on Catalan independence from Spain, is seen winning 54-57 seats
in the 135-seat regional assembly, or Parlament. That is down
from the 62 seats it currently holds, and far from the absolute
majority Mas had aimed for.
The Republican Left, or ERC, would take second place, the
exit poll showed. The ERC is also a separatist party and could
ally with Mas to push for a referendum.
(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz)