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Council approves state of emergency bill

Council approves state of emergency bill

The Constitutional Council on Monday unanimously approved the state of emergency bill, paving the way for the King to sign it into law.

In a press released issued on Monday, the Council said the bill is completely in line with the Constitution. But with it stipulating that a state of emergency shall be declared by the King, who is now in China for a medical check-up, it remains unclear whether the government can do so in his absence or by the acting head of state.

Consisting of five chapters and 12 articles, the law sets out formalities, procedures and terms to declare a state of emergency if the country runs into danger and stipulates a maximum 10-year imprisonment for anyone caught breaking it or hindering its enforcement.

It allows the state to impose a lockdown, quarantine, conscription and evacuation, among others. The state can also manage, seize and handle properties when necessary to respond to an emergency.

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