March 31 (SeeNews) - Moldova’s parliament said that it is extending by 60 days as of April 5 the state of emergency enforced in February following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The state-of-emergency resolution was approved by 61 lawmakers out of the 64 who voted in the 101-seat parliament, according to figures published on the parliament's website on Thursday.
The decision was taken in response to persistent risks and threats, including energy, humanitarian, as well as social and security challenges, which are, in large part, consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
"The extension of the state of emergency is a necessary constitutional tool because we are still facing elements of Russia's hybrid war against the Republic of Moldova," prime minister Dorin Recean said ahead of the vote, as seen in a live broadcast.
In February, Moldova’s president Maia Sandu warned of Russian plans to execute a coup d'etat which would put the government in Chisinau “at Russia’s disposal”.
Moldova has been in a state of emergency since Russia began the military invasion of Ukraine, on February 24.