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Chile extends state of emergency amid controversy

Chile extends state of emergency amid controversy

Santiago, Chile, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Chile will expand the state of emergency and announced to reinforce other measures to fight Covid-19 amid a controversy that is currently worsened over the poor governmental management of the pandemic.

On Thursday evening, the Chilean Senate approved the Government’s request for a 90-day extension, until September 30, to the state of catastrophe, in force since 2020 to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Chamber of Deputies did the same some few hours before.

However, during the voting of both entities, most of the negative votes were from the legislators of the ‘Chile Vamos’ (Let’s Go Chile) ruling coalition.

This was appreciated by analysts as a settling of scores to the government from the most conservative forces for having declared President Sebastian Piñera his favorable position towards same-sex marriage, and rejected by most of right-wing legislators.

Before the Executive requested to extend the state of emergency, right-wing parties expressed that they would condition their vote to make modifications in the Step-by-Step plan that would include changes in the curfew and provide greater freedoms to citizens.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Delgado and Health Minister Enrique Paris affirmed that the plan would have some changes, which will be announced next week, but they did not provide further details.


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