The citizens of the breakaway Spanish region of Catalonia will elect a new parliament on Sunday.
The parties that advocate secession from the central state and currently forming a minority government are hoping for an absolute majority. According to all polls, the parliament in Barcelona will remain fragmented. Observers fear long negotiations over the formation of the new government and a political blockade that could last for months.
The left-wing nationalist party ERC and the liberal-conservative JuntsxCat, both of which are committed to founding a Catalan republic and are currently coalition partners, can each count on a good 20 percent of the vote. In the exciting struggle for the election victory, the socialists who rule in Madrid and are opposed to the secession of Catalonia from Spain also have a good chance according to the latest surveys.
A good 5.6 million people are called to vote. Due to the pandemic, however, a very low turnout is feared.
The regional government of Prime Minister Pere Aragonès (ERC) postponed the vote to May 30 due to Corona.
The Spanish judiciary had overturned this decision.
After an illegal independence referendum, Catalonia was placed under forced administration for months by the then conservative central government.
The then regional president Carles Puigdemont fled into exile in Belgium. Many separatists were sentenced to long prison terms.
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