Timor-Leste began today its fourth period of state of emergency, which lasts for 30 days, declared by the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, in response to the covid-19 pandemic.
The declaration of a state of emergency signed by Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo was published in the Jornal da República on Wednesday night, hours after being authorized by 20 of the 31 deputies of the Permanent Commission of the National Parliament, which is in recess.
An accelerated process of parliamentary approval – which now has to be confirmed by the plenary scheduled for August 11 – with a confused debate session in the Permanent Commission, during which the second largest party, the National Congress of Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), abandoned the room.
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