CATALUNYA has elected Carles Puigdemont as its new president, ending a three-month political stalemate.
The new head of the region’s government pledged to continue with Artur Mas’s separation campaign.
Mas stepped aside on Saturday after fellow secessioinist party the CUP failed to provide him with the necessary support.
Pledging to break away with 18 months, Puigdemont said: “We have to gain total democratic legitimacy, we need more [supporters] and I call on everyone.”
Puigdemont, who was formerly the mayor of Girona, was voted in by 70 votes to 63.
Both the PP and the PSOE are opposed to offering Catalunya a referendum on independence.
Acting Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said: “The government won’t allow a single act that could harm the unity and sovereignty of Spain.”