Incoming Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (C) adjusts his jacket during the investiture session at the Catalunya Parliament in Barcelona, Spain. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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After months of in-fighting, Catalonia's pro-independence faction that won regional parliamentary elections in September finally came to an agreement this weekend over who should lead the new local government.With Mas stubbornly refusing to step aside as a weekend deadline to form a government loomed, Catalonia seemed to be heading for fresh elections, which would have been the fourth since 2010 .This is expected to open the door for the now-united separatist lawmakers, who form an absolute majority in Catalonia's parliament, to vote in Puigdemont as new president later on Sunday evening.In November, the separatist lawmakers passed a motion in parliament breaking from Spain and calling for complete independence in 18 months.But as week after week passed with no government in view, outsiders began to doubt that the separatists would ever be able to implement their independence plan.
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