Separatists lead Catalonia vote in Spain- partial result

Reuters Middle East

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Four separatist parties

in Spain's Catalonia looked set to win a majority in regional

elections on Sunday, partial results showed, but the main one

was on course to lose some seats, possibly undermining its bid

to call an independence referendum.

With a quarter of votes counted, the ruling Convergence and

Union alliance, or CiU, was winning 47 seats in the 135-seat

local parliament, well down from its current 62 seats.

The separatist Republican Left, or ERC, was winning 21

seats, with two other smaller separatist parties taking a total

of 15 seats, giving the four parties 60 percent between them.

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