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Spanish government considering 6th state of alarm extension

Authorities say this prolongation of emergency measures will be the last one 

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27 May 2020 10:25 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Vice-president of the Spanish government, Carmen Calvo, said on Tuesday that the Spanish executive "is considering, if there is a sufficient majority to do so, one last extension of the state of alarm."

According to Calvo, this last extension must be in place to allow for the de-escalation process to be concluded "in order to get out of a situation" that has had significant moments of intensity. 

"We are talking about getting out of a state of alarm soon, ending the de-escalation phases," she said.

Calvo has once again pointed to the possibility of pushing for legal reforms so that the Spanish government can respond to any resurgence without having to resort to the state of alarm again.

The Socialists passed the last extension of the state of alarm after striking deals with Ciudadanos and the Basque Nationalist Party. However, the Spanish government wanted to pass the measures for a full month, but were only able to strike a two-week prolongation deal.

In the most recent voting of the emergency measures, all three Catalan pro-independence parties voted No. 

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  • Vice president Carmen Calvo at a press conference on July 26, 2019 (ACN/Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

  • Vice president Carmen Calvo at a press conference on July 26, 2019 (ACN/Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

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