PR proposes to parliament to prolong state of emergency until 2 May

in News · 16-04-2020 18:03:00 · 2 Comments

The President of the Republic on 16 April proposed to Parliament the second extension of the state of emergency in Portugal, for a new period of 15 days, until 2 May, to allow measures to contain the covid-19 .

The head of state announced the sending of this proposal to parliament in a note posted on the Presidency of the Republic's website, after receiving a favourable opinion from the Government.

"After hearing the Government, which gave a favourable opinion this morning, the President of the Republic sent to the Assembly of the Republic, for its authorization, the draft diploma decreeing the renewal of the state of emergency for 15 days", reads in the note, which encloses the letter and the draft decree sent to parliament.

The state of emergency has been in force in Portugal since 00:00 on 19 March and has already been renewed once. According to the Constitution, it cannot last longer than 15 days, without prejudice to possible renewals with the same time limit.


The first month was probably the right thing to do but extending the time of the emergency is fraught with many other dangers not the least of which are domestic violence, despair and depression - and the big one - increasing unemployment and poverty. Repurcussions that could bring worse results than the virus.
At the very least we need to set a time to end the total lockdown and begin to get back to work and study but with safeguards against infecting the elderly and health compromised - there has been plenty of time for this.

By Mac from Algarve on 16-04-2020 11:57

The photo was so badly cropped nobody can tell what it is supposed to be. Possibly it's just an "abstract" visual and we can let it be whatever we want?? Sloppy.

By Jude Irwin from Beiras on 16-04-2020 06:12
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