Poll: Tight race expected in Catalan election

AP , Monday 6 Nov 2017

Demonstrators wave a Catalan Estelada flag while holding signs reading "Freedom for political prisoners" during a demonstration called by Coordinadora 25S in favour of the Catalan Republic and under the motto "Goodbye mafia, hello Republic" in Madrid on November 5, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

An opinion poll published by Barcelona's La Vanguardia newspaper forecasts a tight electoral race between parties for and against the independence of Catalonia from the rest of Spain.

Pro-secession parties held a majority of 72 of 135 seats in the Catalan Parliament before it was dissolved by Spanish authorities as part of a crackdown after it had voted for a declaration of independence. Spanish authorities then called for a snap election for Catalonia on Dec. 21.

The new poll predicts that the three pro-secession parties would win between 66 and 69 seats in December. Sixty-eight seats are needed for a majority.

The poll quizzed 1,233 residents of Catalonia between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3. It had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

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