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Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence
October 11, 2017 / 4:40 PM / 13 days ago

Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence

MADRID (Reuters) - 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.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont signs a declaration of independence at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Jesús Aguado

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