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Spain: Catalonia has 8 days to drop independence or else

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Staff Writer | October 11, 2017
Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has said the central government has given Catalonia’s leader a deadline of Monday to clarify whether he declared independence from Spain.
Mariano Rajoy
Europe   The disputed secession referendum
Rajoy said if Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s response is that he indeed has formally proclaimed independence, he will have a few more days to drop the implementation of the declaration.

Both deadlines have been included in a formal demand sent to the Catalan government.

Rajoy’s demand was in response to Puigdemont’s announcement that he was proceeding with a declaration of independence following the disputed secession referendum Catalonia held on 1 October, but suspending the move for several weeks to facilitate negotiations.

Madrid said it will invoke Article 155 of the constitution allowing it to suspend the region's autonomy and impose direct rule.