Catalonia's leader says the region earned independence but suspends the process in favor of dialogue

Business Insider | 10/11/2017 | Alexandra Ma and Elena Holodny
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Catalonia leader's says that the region has won the right to be independent, but proposes suspending the secession process in order to have a dialogue with the Spanish government.

"The ballot boxes say ‘yes’ to independence and this is the path I am determined to follow,” Carlos Puigdemont, the Catalonian president, told the regional parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday evening local time (CEST). “I assume the mandate of the people for Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic.

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"We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration ... in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum," he then added. "Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favor of dialogue."

He also said it's worth looking into international mediation, according to a translation by The Guardian.

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Some were expecting the region to declare independence on Tuesday, while Bloomberg reported last week that Catalan separatists were trying to find a way to put off a definitive declaration of independence in order to open the door for a negotiated settlement with Spain.

Spain's Constitutional Court ruled that the independence referendum was illegal ahead of the October 1 vote, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy previously vowed to keep his country together regardless of the outcome.

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Spain's King Felipe VI, in a rare televised address to the country two days after the vote, criticized the Catalan government, saying they "have placed themselves outside the law and democracy, they have tried to break the unity of Spain and national sovereignty."

A declaration of independence theoretically would not only lead to immediate political uncertainty in the region, but would also increase the risk of economic uncertainty for both Catalonia and Spain.

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An independent Catalonia would not not be part of the European Union, the European Commission said last week.

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