December 21, 2017 / 11:16 PM / a year ago

Catalan leader Puigdemont says "Catalan republic" won over Spanish state

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday said the absolute majority won by separatists in a regional election on Thursday was a victory of the “Catalan republic” over the Spanish state.

Puigdemont was speaking from Brussels, where he went into self-imposed exile after his government was sacked by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in October when it declared independence from Spain. (Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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