Quebec separatists to form minority government: networks

Tue Sep 4, 2012 11:38pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The separatist Parti Quebecois won enough seats in a Quebec election on Tuesday to create a minority government in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province, the CTV and TVA networks predicted.

If confirmed by final results, that would make it almost impossible for the new PQ government to hold a referendum on independence. The party defeated the Liberal government after nine years in power.

CTV and TVA said the PQ would win 58 of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature, leaving it five short of a majority. Previous PQ governments held independence referendums in 1980 and 1995 but both failed.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Stacey Joyce)

Parti Quebecois supporters cheer during the announcement that Quebec Premier Jean Charest was defeated in his riding by Parti Quebecois candidate Serge Cardin while watching the results from the Quebec provincial election in Montreal, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi