Catalonia’s President Wins Votes, but Loses Seats in Parliament
Exit polls show that Catalan president Artur Mas received a majority of votes and will maintain his coalition government. His win may lead to a referendum on Catalan independence, as Mas says separatism could cure the country's financial problems.
Mas will now likely push forward with a promised referendum on independence from Spain, which he and his supporters see as a way to drag Catalonia out of a worsening financial crisis.
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