Ruling CiU seen winning Catalonia vote, but losing seats

MADRID, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The ruling Convergence and Union

alliance, or CiU, is expected to get the most votes in regional

elections in Spain's Catalonia on Sunday, according to an exit

poll by TV3, Catalan public television.

CiU, whose leader Artur Mas says he will call a referendum

on Catalan independence from Spain, is seen winning 54-57 seats

in the 135-seat regional assembly, or Parlament. That is down

from the 62 seats it currently holds, and far from the absolute

majority Mas had aimed for.

The Republican Left, or ERC, would take second place, the

exit poll showed. The ERC is also a separatist party and could

ally with Mas to push for a referendum.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz)

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