Catalan president puts off independence decree
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/10/17, 03:45 pm
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said in an address to Parliament Tuesday he has a mandate to declare independence for the northeastern region of Spain but wants to wait few weeks. His speech was highly critical of the Spanish government’s response to an Oct. 1 referendum in which Catalans overwhelmingly voted for independence. The opposition leader in the Catalan Parliament said Puigdemont’s statement amounted to a coup that has no support in Europe. Puigdemont called on lawmakers to suspend the effects of the independence declaration to give time for mediation with the Spanish government.
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