Pro-independence parties capture majority of seats in Catalan elections:Result could lead to showdown with Madrid over region breaking away to form a new nation Pro-independence parties are pushing for Catalonia to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation
They have captured regional Spanish parliamentary majority, setting up possible showdown with Madrid
Many Catalans say region pays too much tax and receives less than fair share of government investment
By Sara Malm for MailOnline and Associated Press
Published: 15:44, 27 September 2015
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3250984/Spanish-voters-polls-today-local-elections-finally-lead-independence-Catalonia.html
Pro-independence parties pushing for Catalonia to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation have won a landmark vote by capturing a regional Spanish parliamentary majority - setting up a possible showdown with the government in Madrid.
With 99 per cent of the vote counted, the Together for Yes group of secessionists from across a broad political spectrum had 62 seats in the 135-member regional parliament.
Catalans are fiercely proud of their own distinct language and culture. Many who favour breaking away from Spain say their region, which represents nearly a fifth of Spain's economic output, pays too much in taxes and receives less than its fair share of government investment.