December 21, 2017 / 11:29 PM / 6 months ago

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

MADRID (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.

Carles Puigdemont, the dismissed President of Catalonia, arrives to speak after watching the results of Catalonia's regional election in Brussels, Belgium, December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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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