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Pro-independence parties win majority in Catalan election

Pro-independence parties won a clear majority in Catalonia's parliamentary elections on Sunday.

"Catalans have voted yes to independence [from Spain]," acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters adding that a "democratic mandate" now existed to move forward with independence.

The regional election has been anticipated by observers as a de facto referendum on independence.

The main seccessionist coalition, Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) won 62 seats while the pro-independence leftist CUP party won 10, out of a total of 135 seats.

The election registered a record voter turn out of 78 percent.