Spain issues deadline to Catalonia

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Added On October 12, 2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given the Catalan leader five days to "confirm" whether or not the Catalan region's parliament has declared independence.
 
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he wanted to "follow people's will for Catalonia to become an independent state", but proposed a delay to give time for dialogue.
 
The Prime Minister accuses Puigdemont of causing "deliberate confusion".
 
Now Puigdemont has been given five days to respond. 
 
If he confirms by Monday that he has declared independence, he will be given a further three days to rectify that decision, otherwise Madrid will begin proceedings to implement Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.
 
This Article would temporarily suspend Catalan autonomy and return control to Madrid, until new elections are called and held.
 
Earlier the day, the Prime Minister also addressed the Spanish Congress in a special session to discuss the Catalan crisis.
 
He said it was in the hands of the Catalan leader whether or not things would "return to normality".
 
He added that there is no mediation possible between disobedience and legality.
 
On October 1st, over 90 percent of Catalonians who voted, chose to split from the rest of Spain. 
 
However the referendum was declared illegal by Spain's Constitutional Court.