Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 25 October 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, will meet tomorrow, 26 October, with the members of the Council of State and the Superior Council for Defence and Security to discuss the government’s proposal to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days, effective from 5 October until 3 November.
The meeting with the members of the Superior Council of Defence and Security will take place tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. The Council of State will be convening at 11 a.m.
The government’s proposal to extend the state of emergency is due to the worrying evolution of the epidemiological situation and the spread of confirmed cases of COVID-19 community contagion at both regional level and worldwide.
The state of emergency in Timor-Leste is a measure to prevent and control COVID-19, thus protecting public health and avoiding a public calamity.
Timor-Leste has reported since 21 March, 29 confirmed cases of infection – 28 of which have already recovered.
When the first imported COVID-19 case was reported, the Council of Ministers approved the government’s request for the declaration of a state of emergency. After obtaining a favourable opinion from the Superior Council for Defence and Security and the Council of State on 25 March, the President of the Republic sent a message to the National Parliament requesting authorisation to declare the state of emergency. The state of emergency was declared on 27 March for a period of thirty days. Timor-Leste is currently in its sixth period of state of emergency.
The Head of State will hold a meeting with his advisory bodies – the Council of State and the Superior Council of Defence and Security, – thus exercising his competence established by article 85 (g) of the Constitution of the RDTL.