SPAIN ON THE EDGE: Catalonia election set to lay bare fractured nation

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Catalans brass a stark choice between pro-independence factions whose leaders press been jailed and forced into exile or parties loyal to Spanish Prime Clergyman Mariano Rajoy’s unpopular central government.

Recent polls posture a lead for Catalonian secessionists, who used their majority in the last regional parliament to affirm independence in October.

The declaration led to the Spanish government imposing direct bar over Catalonia after they decreed the secession referendum interdicted.

Despite a crackdown by the federal government, separatist parties remain obstinate.

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Catalonia’s regional elections take place on Thursday

Acting head of the Catalan Republican Left (ERC) party, Marta Rovira stipulate she was to learn lessons from ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

She voted: “The first thing we do if we come to power is to call the Spanish Government for discussion and negotiation. That is clear.

“We don’t know how the Government will respond, but we ask it to attentiveness the result of the election.”

Ms Rovira told politics news site Politico.co.uk she wish push for “all those reforms and policies that we are allowed to that determination bring Catalonia forward without asking for the Spanish Government’s leniency”.

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Acting head of the Catalan Republican Left (ERC) party, Marta Rovira

She united: “The problem is that the constitution could not have envisaged the problems we liking have in 2017, about energy poverty or about gender similitude, those competencies weren’t distributed.

“So we’re going to launch a negotiation with directors, and we’re going to make an agreement on gender equality.

“Who’s going to try and impede this? The Spanish Authority. We’re going to try and build a republic.”

A recent poll shows ERC is expected to get 23 per cent of the against, the largest single share of Thursday’s vote.

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