September 5, 2012 / 1:12 AM / in 5 years

Separatists win Quebec election: TV networks

(Reuters) - The separatist Parti Quebecois won enough seats in a Quebec election on Tuesday to create at least a minority government in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province, private broadcasters TVA and CTV predicted.

Supporters of Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois cheer as they watch the results come in from the Quebec provincial election in Montreal, Quebec, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

TVA said the Parti Quebecois had won or was leading in 61 seats, almost enough to win a majority of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature.

The Parti Quebecois wants independence for the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province. Previous Parti Quebecois governments held province-wide votes on breaking away from Canada in 1980 and 1995, but both failed, and the most recent poll shows only 28 percent of Quebecers back independence.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Stacey Joyce

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