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Pro independence Catalan parties unite to fight Spain's regional elections

The two main pro-independence parties in Catalonia announced on Monday that they would unite to fight Spain's regional election in September in order to further the independence campaign, reports Reuters.

Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya (CDC), the party of Catalan's governor Artur Mas, and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) would be campaigning for a mandate of pursuing independence for the region.

"It is an agreement to win the elections with the aim of Catalonia becoming an independent state," the CDC's Josep Rull was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The two parties, meeting on Monday night, have agreed to put a combined list of candidates for the election.

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The decision comes after a poll, published a few days previously, said that pro independence parties could only win a majority if they contested the election as a united force.