Catalan leader given five days to clarify independence stance

Catalan leader given five days to clarify independence stance

Many Catalans have long highlighted the region's differences from the rest of Spain but the latest surge for independence began in 2010, when Spain's top court struck down key parts of a charter that would have granted Catalonia greater autonomy and recognized it as a nation within Spain. In a role led exclusively by a coat of arms of Generalitat and slogan ' Declaration of representatives of Catalonia ', text ensures that "constitutes Catalan republic, as an independent and sovereign State, of law, democratic and social".

Catalonia's separatist leader backed away from an immediate declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday and this has reduced tensions significantly.

Catalan officials say nearly 90% of voters backed independence with a turnout of 43%.

Spain marks its national day Thursday with a show of unity by opponents of Catalonian independence, a day after the central government gave the region's separatist leader until next week to clarify whether he intends to push ahead with secession. "We have taken a time out.which doesn't mean a step backwards, or a renunciation or anything like that", Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull told Catalunya Radio.

Rajoy said Catalan authorities broke the law by holding the referendum and incited street protests to give an appearance of legitimacy to the vote.

For some of his supporters, it was close enough to count.

FRAYER: Eugenio Julia is paying close attention because he's anxious the terms of his grad school scholarship might change if Catalonia leaves Spain and the European Union.

The European Union has already said Catalonia would be expelled from the bloc and its shared currency, the euro, if it declares independence.

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"It was not very straightforward". I think he is just walking in circles.

Rajoy doesn't know, either.

Issuing a veiled threat, Rajoy stated that the clarification was needed to invoke article 155 of the Spanish constitution that would allow Spain to intervene and take control of some or all of Catalonia's regional powers.

He calls Puigdemont's speech "confusing" and says it's time for the Catalan government to say - in a simple yes or no - whether it is declaring independence or not.

It is not yet clear if the Catalan government will answer the requirement but it now faces a conundrum, analysts say. "But Rajoy told parliament today he will not negotiate the breakup of Spain".

Here is the status of the standoff between the affluent, industrial region of Catalonia and the central Spanish government in Madrid.

Rajoy gave Puigdemont until Monday to clarify whether the declaration of independence is real - and, if it is, until October 19, eight days from now, to either back down or be deposed.

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