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Bulgaria's President Radev imposes partial veto on State of Emergency measures Act

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Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev has imposed a partial veto on the State of Emergency measures bill which was passed in parliament on Friday. The reason is that the law requires emergency measures against the coronavirus outbreak which Radev regards as inadequate. "Bulgarians do not need threats but support", the Bulgarian head of state firmly said in a special televised address to the nation today. 

The Bulgarian head of state calls for taking convincing measures by using protective mechanisms and assist those who are most affected by the crisis but not to restrict businesses. No battle has ever been won with fear, he stated. A total blockade will only exacerbate the crisis. There is no definition of false information. Self-censorship and restriction on freedom of expression are now being enforced, he continued. Restrictions will remain in force after the state of emergency is over. The Bulgarian army is entrusted with law-enforcing functions beyond its constitutional authority. The law is overgrown with unnecessary clauses, the president also stated.
The detailed motives for the veto are to be published in the shortest time possible, the President said.

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