Spanish govt take control of Catalonia If regional leader gets ambiguous reply on independence

Vastavam web: The Spanish government will take control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont replies ambiguously to Madrid’s question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister said on Saturday.Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given him until Monday to clarify his position – and then until Thursday to change his mind if he insists on a split – threatening to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if he chooses independence.
“If he answers ambiguously, it means he doesn’t want dialogue and thus the Spanish government will have to take action,” he also said.
Puigdemont, who is holding consultations with local parties to prepare his answer, faces a tough dilemma.Such a hardline position has also been backed by influential pro-independence civic group Asamblea Nacional Catalana (Catalan National Assembly).They were joined on Saturday by another key member of Puigdemont’s coalition, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, whose leader Oriol Junqueras said they should press ahead with splitting from Spain following an independence vote.
“We have an unequivocal and absolute commitment to fulfil the democratic mandate from Oct. 1,” Junqueras said.Under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, the central government in Madrid can suspend the political autonomy of a region if it breaks the law.