Spanish Prime Minister to seek final two-week lockdown extension in parliament

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 31, 2020, 07.28 PM(IST)

Spain's Prime Minster Pedro Sanchez. Photograph:( AFP )

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This will be the sixth time if the lockdown gets extended and will be ratified on Wednesday after being presented to the 350-seat parliament. 

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday announced that he will seek for parliament's approval to extend the lockdown before a nation-wide emergency is lifted. The final extension will last for two weeks, which means Spain could be until June 21. 

The European country is set to come out of lockdown on June 7, but during a press conference, Sanchez said that final extension of lockdown is required while welcoming that his hard-hit nation is "on the verge of arriving safely" out of confinement.

This will be the sixth time if the lockdown gets extended and will be ratified on Wednesday after being presented to the 350-seat parliament. 

Sanchez's coalition is in a minority. But the Premier can count on Catalan independence party to abstain, as well as the support of Basque nationalists, under deals which he sealed on Saturday.

Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in terms of coronavirus, but as the number of new cases and deaths have shown a decline, the country has been easing their lockdown. 

The measures are expected to be fully lifted in late June or early July, depending on the region.

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