Catalonia parliament elects Quim Torra as new regional leader

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The Catalan parliament elected hard-line separatist Quim Torra as a regional leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.

The deeply-divided parliament voted 66 in favour, 65 against and 4 abstentions for the election of Torra, handpicked by the region's exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont.

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