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Federalists beat Separatists in Quebec election in Canada
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14:54, December 09, 2008

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The ruling Federalist Liberals are projected to win a majority government in Monday's election in Quebec, Canada's French-speaking province.

The Liberals have won at least 63 seats in the provincial parliamentary elections, the number needed to form a majority, both the public broadcaster CBC and the private CTV predicted Monday evening.

Preliminary results showed that the Liberals had won 42 percent of the vote compared with 35 percent for Parti Quebecois, the traditional separatist party that wants Quebec to break away from the rest of Canada.

Charest, who called a snap election on Nov. 5 to seek a strengthened mandate to deal with the economic crisis, won on Monday a third term in office and has become the first premier to secure three consecutive election victories in Quebec since 1952.

Charest's government had won only 48 of the 125-seat provincial legislature in the last election.

Support in Quebec for independence from Canada has seen a sharp downturn since the separatists failed in a crucial referendum in 1995.


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