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> Ariel Yunkarouses's Republican left party is expected to become the largest separatist force in Parliament. But he's now backing away from demands for unilateral succession.>> Having Ariel Yunkarouses as a
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Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy fired Catalonia's government after it held a banned referendum, and then unilaterally declared independence from Spain. Regional elections were called in October.
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Reuters Julianne Toyer in Madrid says it's one of the weirdest election build ups analysts can recall.>> Former regional president is campaigning in a self imposed exile from Brussels. Some of the politicians including the former deputy regional head are campaigning from jail. Nobody knows whether they will actually be able to ever attend a parliamentary session.
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The separatists are now split, the union itself split.>> Rajoy hopes the election will clarify the political landscape. But three days up from the vote, nobody knows what is going to happen. The leader of Catalonia's main pro-independence party is in custody over allegations of rebellion and sedition.>>
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] against independence.>> While pollsters expect a record turnout, most predict a hung parliament, with neither separatists or unionists gaining a majority. The election is set for December 21st.
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It shows that actually Yunkarouses is probably already preparing the post-election period. And probably trying to find common ground with another anti-austerity party