President-elect to mull secession from Spain

Catalonians are voting in the new parliamentary elections that could be the first step towards a referendum on independence from Spain. The incumbent president has called for a snap election, and promised to hold a vote on secession if reelected.

­Catalonians cite financial troubles as one of the main reasons for wanting to secede from Spain.

Catalans started voting at 9:00am local time (08:00 GMT). Polling stations across the region will close their doors at eight in the evening (1900 GMT) with exit polls expected to be announced shortly afterwards.

More than 5 million people are eligible to vote for candidates for the 135-seat Catalan parliament.
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