DILI, 01 September 2020 (TATOLI)– Timor-Leste Superior Defense and Security Council (SDSC) has defended the need to extend the state of emergency for an additional month.

“The SDSC has recommended that the President Lu Olo submit a request to the chamber of deputies, for the approval of an extension to the state of emergency which is set to expire on September 30, 2020,” The Chief of Civilian House, Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos said during a press conference at the President’s office in Dili.

Mr Vasconcelos said, President Lu Olo will be able to issue the renewal of State Emergency after the parliament has discussed and approved the proposal.

“soon the president will forward the extension request for the state of emergency to the Parliament,” he said.

He also added that the state of emergency would continue to be the same as the previous one, keeping the focus on entry points, such as airports, ports and borders, to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 in Timor-Leste.

According to him, the extension of the state of emergency is needed due to the number of active cases in Indonesia, which continues to rise.

President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo has held meetings with Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and also the Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Adalzija Magno, Defense Minister Filomeno Paixão, Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres, the Chief of State of F-FDTL, Major General Lere Anan Timur, the PNTL commissary, Faustino da Costa and the Director-General of National Intelligence Manuel Serrano.

Journalist: Evaristo Soares Martins

Editor: Cancio Ximenes/Nick Kettle

 

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