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Basque separatists “win” local elections

The local elections in the Basque Country have resulted in a win for nationalist parties, according to exit polls.

The conservative Basque National Party is expected to win most seats in the regional parliament, with Euskal Herria Bildu, a left-leaning alliance of separatist parties, came a close second.

Analysts have described the outcome as a landmark and the result is expected to strengthen calls for Basque independence from Spain.

Local elections in Catalonia are a few weeks away. Calls for an independence referendum in the region have been growing in recent months.