Quebec’s separatists will return to power for the first time in nine years after winning a minority mandate that will require them to seek support from opposition parties to pass laws.
The CTV and TVA television networks projected the Parti Quebecois would form a minority government in the French- speaking province. The Liberals had been in power since 2003.
The PQ was leading in 59 of 125 electoral districts as of 9:36 p.m. New York time, with about 47 percent of polls reporting, according to preliminary results posted by Elections Quebec. The Liberal Party was leading in 46 districts, with the right-of-center Coalition Avenir Quebec ahead in 18. Quebec Solidaire, another separatist party, could have two members in the provincial legislature.
Today’s result may deprive Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois, who would become the first woman premier in Quebec history, the mandate required to promote independence and start her province toward another referendum on separation from Canada. Marois said last week it would be “very difficult” for her to advance the separatist agenda at the desired pace without a majority.
Preliminary results showed 33.2 percent of voters backed the Parti Quebecois, compared with 30.6 percent for the Liberals and 27.2 percent for the Coalition, Elections Quebec said.
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