Sánchez negotiates with ERC to extend the state of alarm

Pedro Sánchez:
Spain PM Sanchez

An abstention from the Catalan Republican Party could be fundamental in the next vote to extend the state of alarm in Congress, after voting against the previous extension

The Government and ERC are in talks on the extension of the state of alarm, and the republican formation has called on its members to debate on how it should vote in what would be the sixth extension raised by the Spanish Executive.

ERC sources have indicated that the party’s governing body that makes decisions when the other bodies cannot meet, has been urgently called together.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez , is finalising his discussions with the different groups in the Congress of Deputies to seek support for what is considered as the last extension of the state of alarm in Spain.

The president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Quim Torra, has warned this Saturday that he will again oppose the extension if the powers that are currently under the command of the central government are not returned to the Catalan Administration.