Spanish Prime Minister asks Catalan parliament to clarify whether they are declaring independence

  • The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, who is considering to suspend the autonomy of Catalonia and also impose direct rule, has asked the government of the region to state whether they are declaring independence. Carles Puigdemont, the President of Catalonia, said that he would not immediately go ahead with the independence move; however, he stated that the referendum has given him a mandate to establish an independent nation.

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