madrid - Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont has five days to explain whether he or she has declared the independence of Catalonia on Tuesday evening. If he did, the central government of Spain will intervene and Puigdemont will probably be arrested and Catalonia will be governed from Madrid for some time, she announced.
Spanish media reported Wednesday that the government gives the separatist Puigdemont time to 'return to constitutional order'. The government would then take the time until Thursday 19 October to analyze Puigdemont's response. If it is as unclear as Puigdemont's reason for the Tuesday evening in parliament, observers say that time is needed.
Puigdemont, according to his fierce separatist appeal, would celebrate independence on Tuesday evening. But the Catalan government leader put it in his own mind. He eventually asked for a mandate to do that. And then he also wanted to suspend the entry into force of such a statement, because before the actual independence, dialogue with Madrid should first come first.