Bulgarian Parliament extends state of emergency until May 13 at first reading

The Bulgarian Parliament has approved at first reading the proposal of the cabinet to extend the state of emergency in Bulgaria until May 13, 2020. A total of 122 MPs voted In favour of the proposal, 47 MPs voted against, and 7 abstained from voting. 

The proposal was submitted by the Council of Ministers on 2 April, 2020. The left wing demanded that the ruling coalition make an analysis of the effect of the restrictive measures to date, stating that the state of emergency should remain in place until the end of April. GERB party accused them of failing to understand the gravity of the problem. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, supported the proposal to extend the state of emergency but demanded a discussion of the government’s measures. 

The second reading of the motion in the plenary hall is expected to take place on Monday,  April 6.