Catalan party delays key decision on backing separatist government

People wave Catalan flags at a pro-independence rally in Barcelona on September 25, 2015A far-left Catalan separatist party on Sunday put off until January 2 a decision on whether to back the formation of a new government led by outgoing regional president Artur Mas that would work towards breaking away from Spain. Separatists won a majority of seats in the 135-seat Catalan parliament for the first time in a September election in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain which is home to 7.5 million people. Mas’s “Together for Yes” secessionist alliance, which won 62 seats, needs the backing of the smaller CUP grouping to remain at the helm in Catalonia.

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