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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Constitution revised

  • [01] Constitution revised

    The process on the revision of the constitution was concluded with a vote by the Parliamentary plenum on Tuesday night leading to the adoption of three proposals concerning changes by the large majority of deputies of the New Democracy, Communist Party of Greece (KKE), Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) parties.

    While the main opposition PASOK party was absent, the plenum ratified 3 out of the 38 revisionary proposals:

    -The abolition of absolute professional incompatibility for deputies (article 57 and transitional clauses in the article 115 of the previous constitution). A total of 194 deputies voted in favour of abolition, 2 against (Alekos Alavanos and Yiannis Banias from SYRIZA) and 1 voted "present" (Panayiotis Lafazanis from SYRIZA).

    -Parliament's right to amend individual funds of the regular State Budget and to monitor its implementation (article 79), unanimously.

    -The legislator's task of caring in particluar for island and mountainous regions in every law that he enacts (article 101) with 195 votes in favour, 2 against.

    In parallel, a transitional clause contained in article 115 of the previous constitution, that had become unnecessary due to its implementation, is removed from the new constitution.

    Tuesday's vote was not attended by KKE Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    The new constitution will be implemented upon publication of the relevant bill and resolution in the Government Gazette, during the next 10 days, while at least five years must pass for a new revision of the constitutional chart to take place.


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