Catalonia: Independence Deadline Approaches for Puigdemont
Albanian Daily News
Published October 16, 2017
The Catalan authorities said more than 800 people were hurt when police tried to stop the referendumThe leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia is just hours away from a deadline set by the central government to clarify whether or not he has declared independence.
If he confirms that he has, he will have until Thursday to withdraw the declaration or Catalonia, which has substantial autonomy, faces the prospect of direct rule from Madrid.
The deadline given to Carles Puigdemont is 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT).
It is not yet clear what he will say.
After an independence referendum two weeks ago which was declared invalid by the country's Constitutional Court, Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence but immediately suspended its implementation.
He said he wanted to negotiate with the government in Madrid but that has not happened.
Mr Puigdemont is under pressure from coalition partners to go ahead with independence, while Spanish and international politicians have tried to dissuade him from it.
The European Union has made clear that should Catalonia split from Spain, the region will cease to be part of the EU.