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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
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.
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.
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.>>
] 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.
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