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Rajoy Boxed In With Losing Options: Catalonia Suspends Independence Declaration, Posts Guards at Parliament, Seeks Mediation

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The Catalan parliament met Tuesday afternoon. Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont asked parliament to suspend the effects of Catalonia voting “yes” for independence to hold talks with Spain.

However, Puigdemont still maintains the legality of the October 1 referendum in Catalonia, stating Catalans had “won their right to become an independent country.”

For now, Puigdemont seeks dialogue with Madrid.

Catalonia Suspends Declaration of Independence

The Independent reports Catalonia Suspends Declaration of Independence From Spain

The Catalan government has said it is suspending its declaration of independence from Spain and wants to de-escalate the tension in the country.

Premier Carles Puigdemont made the announcement in a highly-anticipated speech to the regional parliament in Barcelona where he said he would seek to enter into negotiations with the Spanish government to move the case for independence forward.

The Catalan leader maintained the legality of the October 1 referendum in Catalonia, and said Catalans had “won their right to become an independent country” but said he will first seek to open a dialogue with Madrid.

CNBC reports Puigdemont Asks Parliament to Suspend Results of Independence Referendum.

Puigdemont said in a speech Tuesday the current relationship between Catalonia and Spain is unsustainable. He asked for parliament to suspend the effects of Catalonia voting “yes” for independence to hold talks with Spain.

Catalan police have been posted outside parliament in Barcelona, sealing off the grounds to the public.

Delay Move Expected

This move is exactly as many expected. A declaration of independence would have triggered article 155 with Spain sending in military police or army troops.


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