Bill on referendums ratified in principle

The Interior ministry's bill on the holding of referendums was ratified in principle with the votes of the government majority. All the opposition parties voted against it in principle, accusing the government of "communication games".

According to the bill, the result of a referendum on a ratified bill regulating a serious social issue, is binding if at least 50 percent of those registered in voting lists has participated in the voting. It is also anticipated that for a crucial national issue, the result of the referendum is binding if 40 percent participates.

A referendum for a national issue will be proclaimed with a presidential decree that will be countersigned by the ministerial council and for a ratified bill by the Parliament president.

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