December 9, 2008 / 1:53 AM / in 9 years

Quebec's ruling Liberals win election: TV forecast

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Quebec’s ruling Liberals were re-elected in an election on Monday, defeating separatists who want independence for the largely French-speaking Canadian province, public broadcaster Radio-Canada predicted.

<p>Quebec Liberal leader Jean Charest talks to reporters after voting in his home riding in Sherbrooke, Quebec, December 8, 2008. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>

The network said the Liberals of premier Jean Charest -- who went into the vote with only 48 of the 125 seats in the national assembly -- were set to win a majority government.

Preliminary results showed the Liberals had won 45 percent of the vote compared to 34 percent for the separatist Parti Quebecois. The right-leaning Action democratique du Quebec was far behind with 15 percent.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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