Spain’s Ra­joy vows to de­feat separatists in Cata­lan elec­tion

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Spain’s Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy said Tues­day he hopes to de­feat separatists in next month’s Cata­lan elec­tion, which will be dom­i­nated by re­gional law­mak­ers’ in­de­pen­dence drive, call­ing for a “mas­sive” turnout by vot­ers.

“We’re go­ing to work so that in­de­pen­dence groups don’t win,” Ra­joy told Span­ish ra­dio.

The Cata­lan in­de­pen­dence cri­sis has trig­gered alarm in Brus­sels as the Euro­pean Union deals with the fall­out of Brexit and more than 2,400 busi­nesses have moved their le­gal head­quar­ters out of the re­gion as un­cer­tainty per­sists.

Ra­joy dis­missed the gov­ern­ment of Cata­lan ex-leader Car­les Puigde­mont last month over his in­de­pen­dence bid, sus­pend­ing the re­gional par­lia­ment and or­ga­niz­ing a new elec­tion.

The prime min­is­ter has been ral­ly­ing sup­port for his Pop­u­lar Party (PP) in the De­cem­ber 21 elec­tion in Cat­alo­nia – a re­gion that re­mains deeply di­vided over in­de­pen­dence de­spite its par­lia­ment’s dec­la­ra­tion.

The PP only man­aged to fin­ish fifth in Cat­alo­nia’s 2015 elec­tion, which saw pro-sep­a­ratist groups gain power in the re­gion of 7.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

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