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State of Emergency – Second Extension Proposal

The President of the Republic this morning proposed a second extension to the State of Emergency (SToE) in Portugal, for a further fifteen days, to allow for additional Covid-19 containment measures, after receiving favourable support from António Costa’s government.  This means the State of Emergency could remain in place until the 2nd of May.

The President  said that “after hearing from the government, who gave their support to the proposal, he has sent a draft diploma decreeing the renewal of the State of Emergency for a further fifteen days to the Assembly of the Republic.”

Portugal’s State of Emergency has been in force since midnight the 19th of March.  According to the Constitution, an SToE cannot last longer than 15 days, without prejudice to possible renewals with the same time limit.

Samantha Gannon
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