By Azania Post Reporter
THE Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss next steps after Catalonia independence declaration.
Already the government has rejected a statement of independence signed by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and dismissed calls for mediation.
According to Spain's deputy prime minister Puigdemont as someone "who does not know where he is, where he's going".
Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday, but halted implementation to allow negotiations.
It was reported that tere had been speculation that the Catalan president might declare independence and put the move into effect, plunging Spain into an even deeper political crisis.
Spain has been in turmoil since a disputed referendum on 1 October which was declared invalid by the country's Constitutional Court.
Puigdemont told Catalan legislators in Barcelona that the autonomous region had won the right to be independent as a result of the vote.
"We call on international states and organisations to recognise the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state," he said.
He said the "people's will" was to break away from Madrid, but he also said he wanted to "de-escalate" the tension around the issue.
"I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks in the coming weeks without which it is not possible to reach an agreed solution," Mr Puigdemont told MPs.
He and other Catalan leaders then signed the declaration of independence. It is not clear if the declaration has any legal status.
Crowds of independence supporters in Barcelona cheered Puigdemont's initial remarks, but many expressed disappointment as he clarified his stance.
In Madrid, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria rejected Puigdemont's proposal for talks through an international mediator.