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Separatists win control of Catalonia parliament in key regional vote

A man dressed as a super hero sporting the Catalan independence standard and a mask celebrates after the partial results of the regional election in Barcelona, Spain, September 27, 2015Separatists in Catalonia won control of their regional parliament Sunday in an election that they vowed would set them on the road to independence from Spain. The region’s nationalist president Artur Mas declared victory to a cheering crowd of flag-waving supporters after an emotional election that has heightened tensions with Madrid. “We have a democratic mandate… This gives us enormous legitimacy to go ahead with our plan” for independence, Mas told the open-air rally in Barcelona.

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