Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has suspended the declaration of independence from Spain to allow for talks with the Spanish government.
While saying he had a mandate to declare independence for the wealthy northeastern region, he proposed waiting so that negotiations could take place.
“I ask parliament to suspend the declaration of independence so that in the coming weeks we can undertake a dialogue,” he said in a highly-anticipated speech.
“We have to start a dialogue because otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to reach our goal,” he added.
The speech followed the October 1 vote, which was deemed illegal by Madrid and suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court.
Around 90 percent of voters cast their ballots in favour of independence, while turnout for the referendum was put at 43 percent.
The Spanish government had warned Catalonia’s separatist leader “not to make any unilateral independence declaration, which would lead to illegality.”
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