President of the Republic speaks to the country today at 20:00

President of the Republic speaks to the country today at 20:00


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The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, will speak to the country today, at 20:00, following the vote in the parliament of the diploma that renews the state of emergency.

This information was provided by a source from the Presidency of the Republic.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke to the country from the Palace of Belém whenever he decreed a state of emergency, except when he announced that he was a candidate for last Sunday's presidential elections, when he was re-elected President of the Republic.

The Assembly of the Republic will debate and vote this afternoon on the draft presidential decree that extends the state of emergency until February 14 and that allows the prohibition or limitation of face-to-face classes and restrictions on international circulation.

The Assembly of the Republic will debate and vote today on the draft presidential decree that extends the state of emergency until February 14 and that allows the prohibition or limitation of face-to-face classes, restrictions on international circulation and the mobilization of retired health professionals, reservists or trained abroad.

This is the tenth diploma of the state of emergency that the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, submits to parliament in the current context of the 19-covid pandemic.

The diploma sent to parliament on Wednesday is guaranteed approval with at least the favorable vote of PS and PSD.

According to the Constitution, it is up to the head of state to decree a state of emergency, but for that he must listen to the Government and have authorization from the Assembly of the Republic.

The current state of emergency period ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 30, and was passed in parliament with favorable votes from PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN, an extended majority compared to previous votes.

BE again abstained and PCP, PEV, Chega and Liberal Initiative maintained their vote against this legal framework, which allows the suspension of the exercise of some rights, freedoms and guarantees and can only be in effect for fifteen days, without prejudice to any renewals .

In Portugal, more than 11 thousand patients have died with covid-19 and so far more than 668 thousand cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been reported, according to the General Directorate of Health (DGS).

On Wednesday there was a new maximum of 293 deaths in 24 hours.



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