Conference of leaders discuss draft PSD resolution that proposes a referendum on the decriminalization of euthanasia – Politics


The conference of parliamentary leaders will meet extraordinarily on Wednesday to discuss the PSD’s draft resolution that proposes a referendum on the decriminalization of euthanasia.

A parliamentary source told the Lusa agency that this extraordinary meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, at 2:30 pm.

On Monday, the president of the PSD, Luís Montenegro, announced that the social-democratic parliamentary group would deliver a project for holding a referendum on the decriminalization of euthanasia, with the diploma having been entered in parliament on the same afternoon.

On that day, the PS accused the PSD of being a follower of the far-right agenda by proposing this referendum and considered that Luís Montenegro disavowed the social-democratic bench on this matter.

On Tuesday, the leader of Chega, André Ventura, defended that this proposal is unconstitutional, claiming that the fundamental law prohibits a definitively rejected referendum project from being presented again in the same legislative session.

Chega presented a draft resolution for holding a referendum on euthanasia, which was rejected on June 9, that is, still during the current legislative session.

During the afternoon, the party led by André Ventura released a request addressed to the President of the Assembly of the Republic in which he asks Augusto Santos Silva that, “in strict compliance with the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic and the Regulations of the Assembly of the Republic, not to admit the project of resolution” of the PSD.

The president of the Parliamentary Group of Chega, which signs the initiative, defends that “there seem to be no doubts” that the draft resolution presented by the PSD “should not be admitted, under penalty of serious violation of the constitutional and jurisprudential precepts in this matter, opening if the green light were given to its discussion in the Assembly of the Republic, a precedent of absolute invalidation of number 4 of article 167 of the Constitution”.

This point of the fundamental law states that “projects and proposals for laws and referendums that are definitively rejected cannot be renewed in the same legislative session, except for a new election of the Assembly of the Republic”.

Pedro Pinto argues that “there was no change in circumstances that would justify a new assessment of the matter and, finally, as mentioned, the subjective identity of the initiatives is irrelevant, which is why the proposal for a referendum in this legislative session has already been rejected outright, save for a better understanding, the PSD initiative cannot now be admitted”.

“One could also raise the question of whether it is a different formulation or presenting a differentiated formal structure, which does not work”, defends the deputy in the application released by Chega, defending that the “object of both projects [Chega e PSD] is exactly the same, the question is in precisely the same sense, the end is the same”.


Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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