Puigdemont Delayed Speech After Contact From Church Leaders, Source SaysBy
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont pushed back his speech to the regional parliament after last-minute contacts from church leaders and one other Spanish region, a person familiar with his thinking said.
With separatists looking for Puigdemont to declare independence from Spain, the Catalan president delayed his speech on Tuesday by about an hour. His spokesman said the delay was due to an approach from international mediators, while El Independiente, a Madrid-based news website, said the radicals of the CUP, a junior partner in Puigdemont’s majority, had refused to accept the text of his speech.
CUP said in a posting on its Twitter account that it was studying the text, adding: “not a step backwards; today the republic must be proclaimed.”
Puigdemont is due to address the parliament in Barcelona on the political consequences of an Oct. 1 referendum on independence ruled illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court.
— With assistance by Todd White, Charles Penty, Sharon R Smyth, Angeline Benoit, Maria Tadeo, and Thomas Gualtieri