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Five other parties split the remainder, with most of those seats going to parties opposed to independence.

Mr. Mas did not immediately outline plans Monday on how he would try to form a government.

Republican Left leader Oriol Junqueras said voters issued a “mandate to hold a referendum,” but he ruled out forming a coalition with Convergence and Union.

Mr. Junqueras said his party would continue to demand that Mr. Mas‘ government change its austerity policies, calling for lower taxes for most and for banks and the rich to shoulder more costs.

But he didn’t rule out working with Mr. Mas on specific issues.

Mr. Mas might try to seek a deal with the Republican Left only on the referendum and other issues, which falls short of building a coalition, said Jordi Matas, a political science professor at the University of Barcelona.