MPs on Tuesday approved the extension of the state of emergency, with 83 lawmakers out of the 108 present voting for the proposal, and 25 against. The Government extended the state of emergency by another 40 days on December 29, 2020.
According to the recently approved legislation, the extension of the state of emergency had to be approved by Parliament no later than 20 days from the effective date of its extension. This represents a "constitutional safeguard" within the division of powers and the system of brakes and counterweights in the parliamentary republic. Such a safeguard should also be introduced when re-declaring a state of emergency.
The state of emergency will now be in place until Sunday, 10 February.