Spain Extends Coronavirus State of Emergency to June 7

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Spain has extended the state of emergency for the fifth time due to the corona pandemic, despite fierce opposition and mounting protests from disaffected citizens.

 

The parliament in Madrid with a narrow majority on Wednesday evening adopted a proposal for an extension of the left government.

The state of emergency, which has been in place since mid-March, with strict entertainment restrictions, will now last until at least June 7.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s minority government wanted to extend the ‘Estado de alarma’ by a whole month. But she didn’t get enough support for that.

On Tuesday, however, a compromise was reached on the eve of the vote on a two-week extension with the liberal party Ciudadanos.

The support of the ten Liberal MPs, who are now trying to distinguish themselves as representatives of the political centre after a shift to the right and the election debacle at the end of 2019, proved decisive: the proposal received 167 votes in favour and 162 against.

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