Catalonia: Puigdemont seeks independence talks instead of declaring secession

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said his people voted for independence from Spain — but that he wants a negotiated solution with Madrid. He asked the regional parliament in Barcelona to suspend the effect of the vote so talks could begin — rather than breaking away immediately. A vote on 1 October resulted in almost 90% of voters backing independence, Catalan officials say. Madrid said it was illegal and Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended it. Anti-independence voters largely boycotted the referendum ballot (which had a reported turnout of 43%) and there were several reports of irregularities. National police were involved in violent scenes as they manhandled voters.” (10/10/17)