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Carles Puigdemont Postpones Independence Declaration

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Carles Puigdemont Postpones Independence Declaration

Carles Puigdemont

(October 11, 2017 Sofia) - Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia, put his signature to a document that declared the region's independence from Spain on Tuesday evening, but then said the move would not be implemented for several weeks.

The text, proclaiming the constitution of a "Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state", was signed by 72 members of

Catalonia's parliament but appeared to have little legal credibility.

The move, a significant but largely symbolic act to try to pressure the Spanish government to negotiate over Catalan independence, came shortly after a speech by Mr Puigdemont in which he had seemingly stopped short of the unilateral declaration of independence feared by Madrid and the European Union after a referendum vote marred by police violence.

In his address, which did not lead to a vote in the chamber, Mr Puigdemont said he would suspend the formal declaration to allow for talks with Madrid, disappointing the more hardline supporters of independence.

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