Cata­lan leader gets 5 days to ‘clar­ify’

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

MADRID: The Span­ish gov­ern­ment has given Cata­lan leader Car­les Puigde­mont five days to say whether he de­clared in­de­pen­dence or not, Span­ish news agency Efe said on Wed­nes­day. If Puigde­mont was to con­firm he did de­clare in­de­pen­dence, he would be given an ad­di­tional three days to rec­tify. Fail­ing this, Article 155 of the con­sti­tu­tion, which al­lows the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to sus­pend a re­gion’s po­lit­i­cal au­ton­omy and rule it di­rectly, would be trig­gered. Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy took the first step to­wards rul­ing the re­gion di­rectly to thwart a push for in­de­pen­dence.

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