Madrid rebukes Catalan leader, independence put on hold

Madrid rebukes Catalan leader, independence put on hold

Madrid rebukes Catalan leader, independence put on hold

Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he had accepted "the mandate of the people for Cataloniato become an independent republic" following a banned referendum earlier this month.

Puigdemont, along with other Catalan officials and lawmakers, signed an official declaration of independence on Tuesday evening. "My arrest would be unjustified and a mistake; this is not the moment to send people with whom you have political discrepancies to prison."Puigdemont said it was an important time for both sides to enter into dialogue."We are at a point where the most important thing that there is no previous condition to sit down and talk, to accept that we have to talk, we need to talk in the right conditions", he said".

Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria described Puigdemont as someone "who does not know where he is, where he's going".

In a much anticipated address to the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday night, President Puigdemont said: "We call on global states and organisations to recognise the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state".

"We call on global states and organisations to recognise the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state", he said.

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At stake is the future of a region of 7.5 million people deeply divided over Independence, one of Spain's economic powerhouses, whose drive to break away has raised concern for stability in the European Union.

Rajoy said that he was asking for clarification from President Puigdemont, who he accused of creating "deliberate confusion". "I find it even worse because it is suffering a longer agony".

Catalonia pressed ahead with an independence referendum on October 1 that the central government said breached Spain's constitution.

The poll was marred by violence after Spanish police acting on court orders attempted to stop the vote by raiding polling stations, seizing ballot boxes, beating voters and firing rubber bullets at crowds. The official results of the vote showed that 90.18 percent, or more than 2.28 million voters, supported the secession of Catalonia from Spain, with a turnout exceeding 43 percent. The crisis has caused deep uncertainty for businesses in one of the wealthiest regions in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy.

But Wednesday morning, the Spanish stockmarket was up 1.16 percent on hopes for a breakthrough in the crisis.

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