Parties in favor of independence take 70 of 135 seats, but internal divisions may complicate formation of government

BARCELONA—Catalonia’s separatist parties won a majority in a pivotal vote on Thursday for a new assembly, an outcome that keeps alive the threat of secession by the wealthy Spanish region.

Three Catalan separatist parties won 70 seats in the 135-seat regional assembly, a slight decrease from the last regional election in 2015 when they won 72 seats. The separatists roughly maintained their share of the popular vote at 47.5% with more than 99% of the votes counted.

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