December 23, 2017 13:42 IST

Catalan separatists win vote, thwarting Rajoy's bid to solve crisis

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People react to results in Catalonia's regional elections at a gathering of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) in Barcelona, Spain December 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters
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Catalan Ciudadanos leader Ines Arrimadas (C) smiles next to Ciudadanos national leader Albert Rivera at a Ciudadanos rally after results were announced in Catalonia's regional elections in Barcelona, Spain, December 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters
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A defaced and a mock Ciudadanos election sticker are seen on a bench graffitied with yellow ribbons, symbolizing the demand for the release of jailed Catalonian politicians, in Barcelona, Spain, December 22, 2017. Credit: Reuters
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Carles Puigdemont, the dismissed President of Catalonia, arrives to speak after watching the results of Catalonia's regional election in Brussels, Belgium, December 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters
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A man wearing a "barretina", the traditional Catalan hat, kisses his ballot while voting in Catalonia's regional elections at a polling station in Barcelona, Spain December 21, 2017. Credit: Reuters