Parliament approves extension of state of emergency until January 7 – Leiria region


The Assembly of the Republic renewed today, with the favorable votes of the PS, the PSD and the unregistered MP Cristina Rodrigues, the state of emergency until January 7 of next year to allow measures to contain covid-19.

They voted against the PCP, the EPI, the Chega, the Liberal Initiative and MP Joacine Katar Moreira. Left bloc, PAN and CDS-PP abstained.

The presidential decree, sent to parliament on Wednesday evening, between December 24 and January 7 across the country, covering the Christmas and New Year periods.

Regarding the last approval of the state of emergency, on December 4, only the deputy Joacine Katar Moreira changed her direction of the vote, going from abstention to the vote against.

The content of the presidential diploma approved today is similar to what is currently in force, but adds a rule to emphasize that violating the rules of the state of emergency constitutes a crime of disobedience.

This is the seventh diploma of the state of emergency of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in the current context of the pandemic of 19 covids.

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According to the Constitution, this legal framework which allows the suspension of the exercise of certain rights, freedoms and guarantees, cannot last more than 15 days, without prejudice to possible renewals with the same deadline.

The Council of Ministers is meeting this afternoon to decide whether to confirm or revise the measures that will be in effect during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

On the 5th, the Prime Minister revealed that the Portuguese will have a “green lane” to celebrate Christmas and New Year, but he warned that if the epidemiological situation worsens, the government will not hesitate to “pull the hand brake “.

Portugal has at least 5,902 deaths associated with covid-19 out of 362,616 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate General for Health (DGS).
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