Spain: Catalan leader say he will press ahead to form new pro-secession government

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BARCELONA, Spain — The acting president of Spain's powerful northeastern Catalonia region says he will press ahead with efforts to form a pro-independence government despite having failed to garner sufficient support in two parliamentary votes so far.

Speaking almost two months after regional elections, Artur Mas said Tuesday it would be easy to give up now but it would be "irresponsible."

Mas heads the "Together of Yes" alliance that won 62 seats in the 135-seat parliament. Lacking a majority, he is seeking support from the pro-secession, far-left CUP group, which has 10 seats. But the CUP refuses to back him.

Mas said talks are proceeding but so far there is no agreement.

The Catalan parliament has until Jan. 10 to form a government or call a new election.

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