Demonstrators wave pro-independence Catalan flags during a demonstration called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) demanding an agreement between secessionist parties in Barcelona on January 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO
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Catalonia's separatists have struck a last-minute agreement to form a new regional government that will work towards independence from Spain, with controversial secessionist leader Artur Mas stepping aside to seal the deal.In September, Mas' "Together for Yes" secessionist alliance and the more radical, far-left CUP party together won a majority of seats in the 135-seat parliament in the wealthy, 7.5-million-strong northeastern region.But the honeymoon was short-lived as "Together for Yes", which won 62 seats, battled with the CUP to form a government over the issue of Mas' leadership.
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