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.