Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will this week ask parliament to grant a sixth and also final extension of the State of Alarm, which was put into effect on March 15 to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Sanchez confirmed he would make the request for the extension during his weekly video conference with the leaders of Spain‘s 17 autonomous communities on Sunday morning, reported Spanish state TV network RTVE.
If the request is supported by parliament, the State of Alarm will be extended for another two weeks until June 21. By then, the country is expected to enter the final stage of the government’s four-stage plan to relax lockdown restrictions in Spain.
According to reports, Sanchez has promised regional leaders “absolute control” over lifting restrictions during the final stage, and to participate in the management of the European Union‘s funds for post–pandemic recovery.
The decision came after Sanchez on Saturday reached an agreement with the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), asking the PNV to support him in Congress and the ERC to abstain, to help guarantee him adequate votes next week.
On May 20, Sanchez‘s request for a fifth extension of the State of Alarm was passed with 177 votes in favor and 162 against in the 350-seat Congress, with the center-right Citizens party supporting him and the ERC voting against along with the right-wing opposition People’s Party and Vox.
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