London Telegraph 
Nov 26, 2012
The incumbent regional president Artur Mas secured a second term and with it a mandate to seek secession from Spain in defiance of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
But his centre right Convergence and Union (CIU) party fell short of the absolute majority they hoped for, winning only 50 of the 62 seats they secured in the 135 seat assembly at the last election two years ago.
The separatist ERC party, or Republican Left, which also strongly supports self-rule, doubled its share of the vote, securing 21 seats.
However, with pro-independence parties overall securing two seats fewer than were held before the snap election, the party of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tried to put a brave face on the result.