The leader of the Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), Artur Mas waves to the crowd after his elections result in Barcelona
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Catalan elections: Nationalists win in Spanish region

26 November 2012 Last updated at 06:55 GMT

Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have given their backing to nationalist parties but have punished the regional president who called an early election.

The governing centre-right CiU led by Catalan President Artur Mas remains the largest party, winning 50 seats out of 135, down from 62 last time.

The left-wing separatist ERC party came second with 21 seats. Both parties want to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.

The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Barcelona.