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Catalan far-left party CUP said on Sunday it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas in his bid for another term, forcing new local elections. The process of forming a government in Catalonia echoes the political situation in Spain at a national level following an inconclusive general election two weeks ago.
Pro-independence Catalan parties with seats in Spain´s parliament will now be less likely to support a coalition government that does not allow a referendum as they begin campaigning for another round of regional elections on a separatist platform.
Members of the small far-left Catalan party CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) decided Sunday not to support a new term for the incumbent regional president Artur Mas, bringing down his plans for a pro-independence government and pushing the wealthy Spanish region towards a new election in March.
The PP and main opposition Socialists (PSOE) are adamantly opposed to independence for Catalonia. Junts pel Sí and CUP won a majority of seats in the Catalan regional elections on September 27, which were billed as a quasi-referendum on independence.
One month later, their delegates adopted a resolution to launch a “massive, sustainable and peaceful” secession from Spain within 18 months. However, they failed to agree on a common candidate to preside over their new government.