The election sees an end to Spain's decades-long two-party political system. Spain is facing a struggle to form a stable government after Sunday's historic election that has splintered Spanish politics.
Spain's government has dashed any hopes in Catalonia that former president Carles Puigdemont could lead the region from self-imposed exile. Madrid has said it is prepared to challenge his election as leader in court.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he is willing to talk with Catalonia's new government after an electoral upset by separatists. Whether he is willing to meet with ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is less clear.
The newly elected Catalan parliament has met after a failed attempt at secession from Spain last year. The question remains whether sacked leader Carles Puigdemont will be allowed to present himself for re-election.
Carles Puigdemont has said he is still the region's leader after a strong showing by separatist parties in a recent regional election. The Spanish prime minister has rejected any idea of Puigdemont governing from abroad.
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