Spain gives Cata­lan leader 8 days to drop in­de­pen­dence

Stabroek News - - WORLD NEWS -

MADRID/BARCELONA, - Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy yes­ter­day gave the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment eight days to drop an in­de­pen­dence bid, fail­ing which he would sus­pend the Cat­alo­nia’s po­lit­i­cal au­ton­omy and rule the re­gion di­rectly.

His move could deepen the con­fronta­tion be­tween Madrid and the north­east­ern re­gion but also sig­nals a way out of Spain’s big­gest po­lit­i­cal cri­sis since a failed mil­i­tary coup in 1981.

Ra­joy would prob­a­bly call a snap regional elec­tion after ac­ti­vat­ing Article 155 of the con­sti­tu­tion that would al­low him to sack the Cata­lan regional gov­ern­ment.

Puigde­mont is­sued a sym­bolic dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence from Spain on Tues­day night but then im­me­di­ately sus­pended it and called for ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Madrid gov­ern­ment.

“The cab­i­net has agreed this morn­ing to for­mally re­quest the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment to con­firm whether it has de­clared the in­de­pen­dence of Cat­alo­nia, re­gard­less of the de­lib­er­ate con­fu­sion cre­ated over its im­ple­men­ta­tion,” Ra­joy said in a tele­vised ad­dress after a cab­i­net meet­ing called to con­sider the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Guyana

© PressReader. All rights reserved.