Catalan secession on hold as Puigdemont calls for dialogue

Oct 11, 2017, 5:32 AM EDT
Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont signed a suspended statement on independence on Tuesday.
(Source: Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya/flickr)

Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday but stopped short of implementation as he called for negotiations with the Spanish government in a move that averted the region’s direct showdown with Madrid.

Spain’s Prime Minister,Mariano Rajoy, who has pledged to thwart Catalan leader’s independence bid, is holding an emergency meet amid a fresh political uncertainty sparked by Puigdemont’s statement, writes The Guardian.

Pro-independence supporters, gathered on the streets of Barcelona, celebrated Puigdemont’s initial remarks only to express their disappointment over the suspension of independence proceedings, notes the BBC.