National Assembly Passes ‘State of Emergency’ Law; Travel Ban Conditions Tweaked

The one-party National Assembly unanimously voted to pass the draft state of emergency legislation Friday morning, a law widely criticized for giving the government widespread powers to curtail fundamental freedoms and rights.

The newly-drafted law passed the lower house with 115 votes in favor, with 10 members absent from the parliamentary session. The draft law will next head to the Senate, before being vetted by the Constitutional Council and then promulgated.

National Assembly spokesperson Leng Penglong said the draft was passed by members without any changes or amendments.

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