Catalonia has been to the polls in regional elections after its government was dissolved by Madrid, which declared the region’s declaration of independence “illegal”.
Independence parties are on course to keep hold of their majority, with Rajoy’s PP having their number of seats halved to 4.
Polling closed across Catalonia, with the vote held without incident.
In an effort to address security concerns, over 17,000 police, both local and national, will be on patrol throughout the day. The regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra has over 12,000 of that number.
The increase in the number of officers on duty comes after disturbances during the contested referendum in October.
2,680 polling stations will be open throughout the day across the region in 947 different municipalities.
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