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Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party is set to win the most votes in the Catalan elections

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People flocked to the polls in Catalonia on Sunday, here from a polling station in Barcelona. Photo: Joan Mateu / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 12.05.2024 20:40:07

Policy: According to the survey, Sánchez’s Socialist Party is likely to win between 37 and 40 seats out of a total of 135 in the regional elections in Catalonia, i.e. not enough to form a government. The party will thus have to negotiate a coalition with other parties.

The two Catalan separatist parties, the intransigent Junts and the more moderate ERC, get 33–36 and 24–27 mandates respectively.

Catalonia has previously tried to break away from Spain. The last time was in 2017, and it ended with the then regional leader Carles Puigdemont going into self-imposed exile to avoid prosecution. This year he has run an election campaign from France for the party Junts.

Last week the Spanish newspaper published El País a poll that matches the election day poll pretty well: Sánchez’s Socialists were expected to win 40 seats, while Puigdemont’s Junts were predicted to win 34 seats. The Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) was on the poll to get 26 seats.

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