Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced there will be no elections in the province of Catalonia since the Spanish central government has not given him enough guarantees to do so.

What will happen next is up to the regional parliament to decide. Even declaring a Catalan republic is in the cards.

Puigdemont had declared independence after the October first referendum, but then he took the declaration back asking for discussions with the national government.

Bear in mind that the referendum was illegal under the Spanish constitution and the turnout was 42 percent.

Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, gave the Catalan government five days to decide if they will declare independence, and three days to take it back. After that his government would implement article 155, a never before used provision in the Spanish constitution designed to reign in rebellious regions.

The ultimatum date was in 16th of October. Puigdemont didn’t make his position clear and instead called for further discussions on the matter.

The ruling party of Mariano Rajoy, in cooperation with the other parties of the parliament, had set up a plan for elections and other measures in order to avoid using article 155.

Puigdemont was holding out on accepting the elections or not, in hope of some reconciliatory move from Madrid, but he is a persona non grata: Madrid wants him out of politics regardless of his decision.