Spanish justice minister: No clear answer from Catalan leader

Madrid - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has failed to adequately respond to a Spanish government ultimatum on the retraction of his region's bid for independence, Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala said.

Catala said Puigdemont was asked a "clear" question - whether his region has issued a unilateral declaration of independence - but "it seems that the reply is not so [clear]."
Speaking at an event in Madrid, Catala said it is "a little soon, premature" to respond, and that "an official response of the government [will come] in the next hours."
Deputy Spanish Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria is scheduled to make a statement on the Catalan crisis at 10:30 am (0830 GMT).

Monday, October 16th 2017

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