Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announces that the nine Catalan separatist leaders involved in the unsuccessful 2017 independence bid will be pardoned tomorrow, saying that this is needed to ease tensions with Catalonia. President of the Catalan Government Pere Aragonès welcomes the pardons but says that they will pursue more concessions, such as a new authorized independence referendum. The Spanish oppositional parties subsequently announce that they will try to reverse the pardons.
The Catalan government is formed after months of negotiations, with Pere Aragonès becoming the 132nd President, the first from the Republican Left of Catalonia in forty years and the youngest in the institution's seven-hundred-year history. Aragonès pledges to immediately restart independence talks with the Spanish government.
Pro-independence parties gain a majority of the votes for the first time, though voter participation was the lowest in history. The anti-independence Socialists' Party of Catalonia, led by former national Health Minister Salvador Illa, wins the most seats for a single party. The far-right Vox places fourth and enters Parliament for the first time, winning 11 seats. Citizens, who placed first in the previous election, falls to seventh and loses 30 seats.
In Barcelona, 80,000 demonstrators take to the streets in protest of the Independent politics of the Catalan government and the violence of the last weeks' pro-independence protests, and for the unity and democracy of Spain.