Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Pres­sure is mount­ing from within the Cata­lan sep­a­ratist move­ment on Fri­day for the re­gional pres­i­dent to de­clare in­de­pen­dence from Spain once and for all, a move that could prompt the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to take over the re­gion’s pow­ers of self-gov­er­nance. Two key al­lies in the se­ces­sion­ist bid are join­ing voices from within the rul­ing pro-in­de­pen­dence coali­tion urg­ing re­gional leader Car­les Puigde­mont to ig­nore Spain’s warn­ings and lift the sus­pen­sion on his am­bigu­ous se­ces­sion procla­ma­tion ear­lier this week. In a highly an­tic­i­pated par­lia­men­tary speech, Puigde­mont said that Cat­alo­nia was pro­ceed­ing with a dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence af­ter an Oct. 1 ref­er­en­dum, but pro­posed freez­ing its im­ple­men­ta­tion for a few weeks.

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