Parliament will today approve a renewal of the state of emergency until 31 March

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, Politics · 11-03-2021 13:28:00 · 2 Comments

The parliament will debate and vote today on the renewal of the state of emergency until 31 March to allow lockdown measures to continue, the vote is guaranteed approval, with the support of PS, PSD, CDS-PP and Pan parties

The introduction of the law reads "As a result of the measures taken under the state of emergency, the situation is evolving favourably, but external signs are still complex and imposing caution about the steps to be taken in the near future, it is understood that there are reasons to keep it [lockdown] for another 15 days, in the same terms of the last renewal ", The draft presidential decree that renews the state of emergency maintains that a "phased plan for the reopening of schools" must be defined and now provides for it to be articulated with "testing, screening and vaccination".

However, in the rule that restricts movement rights, to leave national territory and to return, and international circulation, a change was introduced to include "family reunification" . This is the 13th issuing of the state of emergency that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa submits for authorisation from parliament in the current context of the 19-covid pandemic. The current state of emergency period ends at 23:59 on Tuesday, 16 March. This renewal will take effect in the period between 17 and 31 March

The previous four renewals of the state of emergency were authorized by the Assembly of the Republic with votes in favor from the PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN parties and of the independant member Cristina Rodrigues, the abstention of BE and votes against of PCP, PEV, Chega, Liberal Initiative and the independant Joacine Katar Moreira.

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