Moderate party wins election in Spain's autonomous Catalonia

17:43, November 29, 2010      

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Convergencia i Union (CiU), a moderate Catalan nationalist party, won Sunday's local parliamentary election in Spain's northeast Catalonia autonomous region.

Grabbing 25 percent of the votes, the CiU will have 58 out of the 135 seats in the local parliament. Short of a majority, the party has to form a ruling coalition with other parties.

In Sunday's election, the CiU was followed by the Partido Socialista Catalan (PSC) with 21.52 percent of the votes; the conservative Partido Popular (PP), 12.83 percent; and the radical Ezquerra Republicana (ERC), 6.31 percent.

Turnout was 61 percent among the 7.5 million residents, an improvement over the 56.04 percent in the last election four years ago.

Catalonia, with Barcelona as regional capital, covers an area of 32,114 square km.

Source: Xinhua


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