Three cheers to the pro-independence movement in Catalonia for winning once again. This victory follows Spain's violent crackdown and illegal jailing of Catalonia leaders.

Rajoy's PP party was humiliated with a mere 3 seats out of 135. Those were the worst results in history of PP.

The independence forces will get 70 seats in parliament validating the absolute majority they obtained two years ago.

In 2015 the pro-independence coalition got 72 seats.

President in Exile Possible

​Ousted president Carles Puigdemont may win the presidency again.

Puigdemont will not need the positive vote of the CUP, but simply CUP's abstention.

Statements

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Carles Puigdemont, speaking in Brussels, where he is evading a Spanish arrest warrant:

"I want to congratulate the Catalan people, because they have sent a message to the world. The Catalan republic has beaten the monarchy and article 155. The Spanish state has been beaten. Mr Rajoy and his allies have lost. They were seeking to legitimise article 155, but they have been beaten."

Marta Rovira of the pro-independence ERC:

The republic “has beaten article 155”. She called on Mariano Rajoy to withdraw the controversial constitutional measure, release the imprisoned pro-independence politicians and sit down at the negotiating table.

Statements from the Guardian Live Report on Catalonia.

Once again, congratulations to the pro-independence movement.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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