Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catalonia Nationalists Win Elections

Image credit: http://go.bloomberg.com/euro-crisis/2012-09-26/catalonia-to-hold-election-seizing-chance-to-force-rajoy-on-autonomy/

Last Thurday, I made a mention about the Catalan elections in my blogpost titled “Two Catalan Brands”. Here’s the follow-up on the said elections.

Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have given their backing to nationalist parties – the governing centre-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) led by Catalan President Artur Mas remains the largest party, winning 50 seats out of 135 (down from 62 last time) and the left-wing separatist ERC party came second with 21 seats (up from 10 in 2010).

Both these parties want to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. Already, Mas told the BBC he would consult the people on independence within the next four years.

Mas holds the position that the wealthy and influential north-eastern region gets a raw funding deal from the central government. His CiU argues a Catalan state would fare better as a member of the EU than a province of Spain.

The road to independence, however, is not that simple. It seems that a referendum would be illegal under the current Spanish constitution, and Spain's ruling Popular Party is likely to block any attempts for constitutional change.

Also other parties, such as the nationalist Ciutadans, the Popular Party of Catalonia and the Socialist Party of Catalonia are all opposed to Catalonia's independence bid.

Photos of work in progress for Sunway University’s new academic building taken this morning:


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