Police on patrol in Palma.

Police on patrol in Palma.

30-04-2021Ultima Hora

The State of Alarm in Spain ends on May 9 but the President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, is absolutely determined to maintain the powers delegated by the Central Government and she is preparing a decree to extend the curfew.

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has made it abundantly clear to President Armengol thatthere is no way she will be allowed to extend measures, such as curfews, limiting social gatherings or perimeter closure after May 9.

But President Armengol is digging her heels in and has instructed a team of lawyers to study all the legal options in a bid to maintain any restrictions that she deems necessary.

By extending the curfew after May 9 through a decree, the Balearic Government could limit mobility, including the number of people who can attend social gatherings, private meetings, weddings and other events.

A decree would have to be validated by the Superior Court of Justice of the Balearics, or TSJIB because it involves a restriction of fundamental rights and it would have to be done before Friday, May 7 because the State of Alarm expires on Sunday, May 9.

The Government went to court to approve the perimeter closures in some neighbourhoods of Palma and the closure of businesses in Calle Jamón and Calle de la Cerveza, in Playa de Palma, and Calle Punta Ballena and 2 other streets in Magaluf.

The TSJIB approved those measures, but whether they’ll bow to President Armengol’s demands after the Central Government lifts the State of Alarm is debatable, because it raises legal issues about the restriction of fundamental rights.

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Rich / Hace 4 days

James, I am in complete agreement with you. I still want a more comprehensive breakdown of the covid stats. All we get is the number of cases and deaths, no breakdown of the figures as to age and pre-existing conditions. Are we the public deemed too stupid to look at these, or are they problematic to Armengols quest for ultimate dictatorship?

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James w / Hace 5 days

Yes, this woman has always been negative thinking. I honestly think if this woman was National prime minister it would be again more negativity and restrictions. So I welcome Pedro Sanchez and his positivity. I've not been on board with this government all the way through this but I think come May the 9th there needs to be a positive attitude and vibe coming from Spain as a whole not regional. As for Armengol I hope she crawls under a rock and goes away. She won't win this against the national government and for everybody's sake you don't want her to win. It surpresses all the good things about this beautiful island.

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john / Hace 5 days

Probably the most unpopular the island has had in recent times. Now she's fighting to hold onto curfew powers.

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Ivan / Hace 5 days

She have tasted how nice it is to have the full power over peoples lives and now she can't let go of it. It have become as a drug now

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James / Hace 5 days

I keep trying to think of something nice to say about this woman. I can't do it.

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