Catalans Vote as Rajoy Seeks Silent Majority to Block Secession

September 27, 2015 8:08 AM

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Catalans Vote as Rajoy Seeks Silent Majority to Block Secession

Catalans began voting on Sunday in an election that may determine whether the region pushes ahead with its campaign to break away from Spain and create a new European state.

While the 5.5 million eligible voters are officially choosing lawmakers for the 135-seat regional assembly, their president, Artur Mas, has formed a pro-independence alliance with his traditional rivals within the separatist camp in a bid to win a clear mandate for secession. Polling stations opened...

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