Polls open in historic Catalan vote

Polls opened Sunday in an election in Catalonia dubbed the most important in Spain`s recent history, with forecasts pointing to a win by separatists vowing to declare the region independent by 2017.

Polling stations opened under cloudy skies in Barcelona, where red and yellow-striped Catalan flags hung from buildings, with more than 5.5 million of Catalonia`s 7.5 million inhabitants eligible to vote across the region.

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