Spain Rejects Catalan Reply, Paving Way for Suspending Self-Rule 

Spain rejected Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s response to demands he clarify his position on independence, clearing the path for the government to suspend the region’s self-rule.

Puigdemont has until 10 a.m. Thursday to back down, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said in a televised statement Monday. If he persists, the central government will step up its response, she said.

Puigdemont earlier Monday told Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that he has a mandate from Catalan voters to declare independence, but he’s suspended that process to allow an opportunity for dialogue.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-16/spain-rejects-catalan-reply-paving-way-for-suspending-self-rule

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