11.10.2017 | Catalonia leader vows 'to follow will of people' but sparks fury with independence delay
Source - The Daily Express
With thousands watching outside the Catalan parliament and millions watching across the world, Mr Puigdemont said: "The ballots say Yes to independence this is the will that I want to go forward with.
"At this historical moment as the president of Catalonia, I want to follow people's will for Catalonia to become an independent state."
His speech, which was delayed by an hour, was largely focused on the violence during the referendum as the Catalan leader proposed further dialogue with the government in Madrid as the region works towards independence.
He said: "We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration... in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum... Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue."
Early reports suggest there is widespread disappointment among pro-independence supporters, many of whom were hoping the Catalan leader would declare the region independent of Spain.
Shortly after his speech, Mr Puigdemont signed a document declaring Catalonia's independence before then signing another which suspended the break away from Spain.