Constitution next project for Tsipras

23 July 2016
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to unveil on Monday a set of ideas for changing Greece’s Constitution, including allowing voters – rather than MPs – to elect the country’s president.

In the wake of the government’s inability last week to secure a supermajority of 200 votes for altering the electoral system, Tsipras is expected to pose a series of questions about the Constitution rather than set out specific proposals. His aim is to spark a substantial debate about the changes among parties and citizens.

Apart from the method used for electing the president, as well as the powers that will come with the post, greater use of referendums and parliamentary immunity are among the other areas that Tsipras is expected to focus on in his speech. The government has not ruled out the possibility of holding an advisory referendum on the final proposals.

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