Catalan leader defies Spain ultimatum; pushes for talks

Oct 16, 2017, 6:23 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 failed to clarify his stance on independence with a “Yes” or “No” by Monday morning, the deadline set by the Spanish government as it mulls suspending the region’s autonomy.

In a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Catalan leader called for negotiations instead of explaining his position on the unilateral declaration of independence last week, a development that has propelled the Spanish regime further towards enacting direct rule in Catalonia, notes Reuters.

Madrid may take its next step after Thursday, the deadline it set for Puigdemont to revoke any independence declaration and plans for secession from Spain, writes the BBC.