Catalonia elections: how will the silent majority vote?

Catalonia's regional elections have started, with strong turnout and many people expressing their hope that it will lead to stability. It remains to be seen whether the resulting parliament will be secessionist or unionist.

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    Voting is under way in Catalonia in a regional poll that may indicate the extent of public support for seceding from Spain.

    Separatist parties are pitted against rivals who want to stay part of Spain. A record turnout is expected.

    Opinion polls suggest the candidates are neck-and-neck in opinion polls, with neither side likely to win a clear majority.

    Madrid called for the snap election after pro-secession leaders held a vote in October to separate from Spain.

    Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Barcelona.


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