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Catalonia government announces final independence referendum results

CATALONIA GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FINAL INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM RESULTS

Catalonia's government has announced the final results of its referendum on independence from Spain, with little change from those announced just hours after polls were closed on Sunday.

After counting all the votes, 90.18 per cent were in favour of leaving Spain, according to a statement on the regional government's website.

Nearly 2.29 million of the 5.3 million people eligible to vote took part in the referendum, a voter turnout of around 43 per cent.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont had previously said he plans to declare independence at most 48 hours after making the final results public, but as of Friday it still wasn't clear if and when he would do so.

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