Spain gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence

Reuters , Wednesday 11 Oct 2017

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offers his hand to a police officer who salutes him on arrival at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (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.

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. 

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