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Parliament authorizes government to prolong state of emergency

Parliament voted on Wednesday to empower the government to prolong the state of emergency in connection with the war in Ukraine until November 25.

The motion was supported by 132 votes in favour, while 58 deputies voted against changing the law on rules to be applied in case of war in a neighbouring country as well as in the case of humanitarian disasters.

According to the law sponsored by the justice minister, an extended state of emergency is needed to handle the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the war in Ukraine and to tackle the economic consequences.

The bill was designed to “ensure all means to assist and accommodate refugees, fence off the negative economic impacts … and help the country leave behind the impacts of the war as soon as possible,” its preamble said.

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