Spanish Parliament Extends State of Emergency

The Spanish Parliament voted to extend the nation’s state of emergency for six more months on Friday morning, as the Health Ministry reported another record surge in COVID-19 cases. Officials reported another 23,580 new cases, bringing the nation’s total number of confirmed infections to 1.16 million.

The Spanish Parliament voted to extend the nation’s state of emergency for six more months on Friday morning, as the Health Ministry reported another record surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Officials reported another 23,580 new cases, bringing the nation’s total number of confirmed infections to 1.16 million.

The state of emergency, which was officially declared on Monday by the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, gives Spain’s regional authorities more legal backing for measures that infringe on basic rights including curfews or restricting mobility.

In Friday’s vote to extend the measure until May 9th, the main opposition party Partido Popular abstained but its leader Pablo Casado said they will denounce the six-month extension in Europe.

Conservative party VOX and its leader Santiago Abascal said it would challenge the extension in the Spanish court, as the Constitution stipulates that the parliament must renew a state of emergency every 15 days. Yet more and more governments are taking advantage of this new power by erecting temporary borders within the country, which only permit essential travel.


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