Spain's Rajoy tells Catalan leader to clarify position on independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said his government has agreed to ask the Catalan government to clarify its stance on independence. The announcement comes after a crisis cabinet meeting on Catalonia.
Mariano Rajoy next to Spanish flag (Reuters/S. Perez)
Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the Spanish prime minister called for clarification from Catalonia over its decision to suspend a declaration of independence the previous evening.
"The cabinet has agreed to require formally to the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared independence or not," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
"The answer from the Catalan president will determine future events, in the next few days," he also said, adding he would keep acting in a "cautious and responsible" way.
He also said that he wanted to offer "certainty" to the Spanish people and clear up any "confusion" created by recent events.
The clarification, he said, had to come before any other measures were taken by Madrid, such as the option of triggering article 155 of the constitution, which allows the central government to take control of any of its 17, partly autonomous, regions if they don't comply with Spanish law.
On Tuesday, Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont accepted a 'yes' vote on indepence but said the process should be suspended to allow for talks with Madrid.
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