The leader of the Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), Artur Mas waves to the crowd after his elections result in Barcelona
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Catalan elections: Nationalists win in Spanish region

Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have given their backing to nationalist parties but have punished the regional president who called an early election.

The governing centre-right CiU led by Catalan President Artur Mas remains the largest party, winning 50 seats out of 135, down from 62 last time.

The left-wing separatist ERC party came second with 21 seats. Both parties want to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.

The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Barcelona.

  • 26 Nov 2012