Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia) has been elected as the new First Minister of Catalonia by MPs in the regional parliament following a second-round debate on Monday morning.

66 MPs voted in favour of his candidacy, 65 against, and 4 abstained.

Mr. Torra is the first separatist candidate to succeed at being appointed as leader of the Spanish region since the elections on December 21.

The Catalan Parliament announced on Twitter that the Speaker, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra), would notify King Felipe of the result of the vote in writing, not in person in an audience with His Majesty, as protocol dictates.

Mr. Torra's appointment must appear in the official gazette, signed by King Felipe, before it becomes official.

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