The parliamentary elections for the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia took place on September 27, 2015. After a referendum on independence, planned to take place in November 2014, was declared illegal by the Spanish government, the president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, called parliamentary elections a year earlier than the latest possible date, December 25, 2016.
The pro-independence allied list of Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes) won the election, achieving 62 seats out of a total of 135. Along with the 10 seats gained by the left-wing party CUP, pro-independence parties were able to secure an absolute majority of seats in the Catalan parliament. That said, these two parties were just shy of winning half of the votes at 47.74 percent. This has led to the Spanish government, as well as pro-unionist parties rejecting the idea that the majority of Catalans want independence. On the other hand pro-independence groups have pointed out that only 39.17 percent of votes were for parties which were explicitly against independence with further parties, such as Catalunya Sí que es Pot, stating that it was neither for or against independence.
Junts pel Sí, an alliance of groups including the center-right Convergència, the party of the Catalan president Artur Mas, and the center-left Esquerra Republicana Catalana (ERC), has declared that it has been given a clear mandate by the electorate to begin the process towards declaring independence, possibly unilaterally.
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