Parliament deputy member of the pro-independence Catalan anti-capitalist party "Candidatura d'Unitat Popular - CUP" (Popular Unity Candidacy) Antonio Banos Boncompain arrives at a meeting in Barcelona on January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ PAU BARRENA
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Catalan far-left party CUP said on Sunday it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas for another term as leader, forcing a fresh round of local elections and weakening an independence movement that seeks a split from Spain.CUP, a fringe anti-capitalist party which rejects Catalan membership of NATO and the European Union, has held the key to the formation of the regional government since September elections awarded a majority to pro-independence parties, but it has repeatedly rejected the candidature of Mas, who heads a center-right, business-friendly party.At a national level, parties are in talks to form a coalition government in Madrid after Spaniards, disillusioned by recession and high-level corruption cases, turned away from establishment political forces and voted for new parties.
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