The congress of deputies in Spain has voted (178 yes votes, 75 for no and 97 abstentions) to extend a state of alarm until 24th of May. The initial state of alarm was imposed on 15th March, with two extensions and the current extension was due to expire on May 9th.
The Partido Popular,(PP) who had announced that they would not be supporting an extension, opted to abstain. Leading the vote against the extension were Vox and the Esquerra Republicana Catalunya, the ERC having previously given their backing to extensions.
Prime Minister Sánchez had to thank Ciudadanos and a number of small parties for obtaining the approval. The leader of the Cs, Inés Arrimadas, said that her party would vote in favour, as an extension would be “good” for the Spanish people. However, there were conditions. Sánchez agreed to, for example, negotiating financial aid for the self-employed once the state of alarm is over. In defending the need for the extension, Sánchez had in fact argued that it would be “unforgivable” if aid for different groups were to be “revoked”.