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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