The President of Catalonia suspended outright secession on Tuesday, pending negotiations with Spain.
Carles Puigdemont addressed the suspended Catalan Parliament but didn’t declare independence in defiance of the Spanish constitutional court. Instead he called for negotiations, “democracy and peace.”
The Spanish government warned that a declaration of independence would trigger the suspension of Catalan autonomy and direct rule from Madrid.
Although only 43% of the registered voters took part in the October 1st referendum, the Catalan President holds the result of be valid, legitimate, and binding. 90% of the 2,2 million Catalans that did vote support secession. On Tuesday, Puigdemont asserted that the “people’s” wish to break away and claimed the right to self-determination, claiming once again that Spain is drawing on the region’s wealth.
“I am still going to declare independence from Spain, but I am giving them some time,” the Catalan President said.