The pro-Catalan independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party has called on Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to lift the suspension on Catalonia's independence in a press conference in Barcelona on Saturday. «We request that Catalan's President answer to Spanish State is clearly affirmative and comes together with a solemn act giving answer to the results of October 1st referendum, therefore... Еще the proclaiming the Republic,» CUP spokesperson Nuria Gibert stated. Calling the issue «an issue of popular mandate,» Gilbert emphasised the «millions of votes of people who wanted to proclaim the republic, not autonomous activities.» Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region's independence. However, the Spanish government deemed the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday, but halted its execution to allow for negotiations. The Catalan President was then given until Monday to respond to Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy's request to clarify if he did or did not declared independence.