The President of the Republic is going to speak to the country today, at 8 pm, after hearing the parties about the possible end of the state of emergency, which he said he hoped would end later this month.
This information was provided by an official source of the Presidency of the Republic.
Twenty days ago, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he hoped that the state of emergency would not be decreed beyond April and that a “good wave” could be entered in May, which made it dependent on covid-19 data in Portugal.
Today, since 10:00, the head of state is participating, by videoconference, in the 20th session on the situation of the covid-19 in Portugal, which brings together specialists and politicians, including the prime minister, António Costa, the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and party leaders.
Its agenda then includes “contacts with political parties with parliamentary representation”, starting at 3:00 pm, without specifying in what format they will be held – instead of the usual “political party hearings”, with scheduled times, which have preceded each renewal of the state of emergency, lately by videoconference.
The current period of state of emergency – the 15th decreed by the President of the Republic in the current context of the 19-covid pandemic – ends at 23:59 on Friday, April 30.