Catalan leader Puigdemont says "Catalan republic" won over Spanish state

MADRID - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday said the absolute majority won by separatists in a regional election on Thursday was a victory of the "Catalan republic" over the Spanish state.
Puigdemont was speaking from Brussels, where he went into self-imposed exile after his government was sacked by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in October when it declared independence from Spain.
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