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Catalonia goes to the polls amid Covid and independence debate

Sunday’s election will serve as yet another barometer of strength of independence movement

Catalonia is voting in a regional election overshadowed by the Covid pandemic and dominated by the continuing debate over independence from the rest of Spain.

Nine parties are contesting the election but polls suggest a tight race between the unionist Catalan Socialist party (PSC), the pro-independence Catalan Republican Left (ERC) and the similarly secessionist Together for Catalonia party.

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