16th July 2019
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Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras elected as MEPs

#LATEST With 95% of the votes counted, both Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras have been elected as MEPs.

As the exit polls earlier in the evening predicted, the exiled former Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has won a seat in the European parliament. His former vice president, Oriol Junqueras, who is in custody whilst a defendant in the Catalan Trial, has also won a seat in Brussels.

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Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ousted president, during a press conference in Brussels on 28 July 2018. (AFP / John Thys)

Puigdemont’s group, Lliures per Europa, won 2 seats in the EU Parliament, with 28% of the vote in Catalonia.

Meanwhile, the Ara Repúbliques coalition with Basque and Galician parties headed by Junqueras won 3 seats, with 21.1% of the vote.

ALSO READ: Junqueras: ‘They’ve suspended us in Spain but they won’t be able to in Europe’

UPDATES to follow.

 

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