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Demandan decreto que da ‘superpoderes’ a ministro Luis Francisco Sucre

A lawsuit fights decrees that "superpower" Minister Luis Francisco Sucre

A lawsuit was presented before the Third Administrative Court of the Supreme Court of Justice, which seeks the nullity of articles 4 and 8 of Executive Decree 71 of February 5, which imposes sanitary measures in the province of Panama and Panama Oeste. It was presented by attorney Ernesto Cedeño.
The criminal action argues that article 4 of the decree is illegal, with which a curfew is imposed in Panama and Panama Oeste from 9:00 PM until 4:00 AM, since the Health Code only allows the application of quarantine for the sick, but not for all people.

Likewise, the complaint warns that article 8 of the decree is also illegal, since the Executive body does not have the power to grant a range of powers to the Ministry of Health, through a reasoned resolution.

With this decree, and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, can restrict mobility, impose curfews and total quarantine, and make decisions about the reopening of economic activities.

In the lawsuit, Cedeño asks the magistrates of the Third Chamber to provisionally suspend the effects of the decree.
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