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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-20

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  • [01] Alavanos calls for reform referendum

  • [01] Alavanos calls for reform referendum

    Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alekos Alavanos called for a referendum on all-important social security reforms, a proposal that was later backed by main opposition PASOK and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party. Addressing Parliament on Thursday during a wide-ranging debate on the draftbill, Alavanos suggested that opposition parties should jointly activate Article 44 of the Constitution, providing for a referendum in the case of draft laws regulating major social issues. PASOK parliamentary spokesman Christos Papoutsis said the proposal as very important, adding that his party accepts its rationale. He also called on SYRIZA to accept PASOK leader George Papandreou's proposal for an immediate meeting of political parties represented in Parliament to press forward with specific proposals. A statement accepting the referendum proposal was later issued by LA.OS as well. Only one referendum has ever been held in Greece following the restoration of democracy in 1974, namely, whether or not a constitutional monarchy would be re-established. A referendum on the issue, held in December 1974, overwhelmingly opposed the reinstitution of a constitutional monarchy for the country. Accession to the European Union and the EMU were also ratified by Parliament, without a referendum. Caption: ANA-MPA file photo SYRIZA leader Alekos Alavanos
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