Catalan Leader Says Madrid Denied Him Deal Needed to Call Vote

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Carles Puigdemont on Oct. 26.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he considered calling a snap regional election on Thursday, but he didn’t get the guarantees he’d sought from officials in Madrid.

Puigdemont said in a televised statement he’d wanted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to signal that the election could be held under normal conditions. Rajoy is pushing ahead with legislation in the Senate to seize control of the Catalan administration and oust the president.

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