Euthanasia: Marcelo announces that he will issue a decree between today and tomorrow – Portugal

The President of the Republic stated that he intends to promulgate between this Tuesday and tomorrow the parliamentary decree that decriminalizes medically assisted death, stressing that he is obliged to do so by the Constitution.


“Of course, thanks as I am to the promulgation, I will promulgate between today and tomorrow [quarta-feira] and I will immediately send it to parliament”, declared Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to journalists in the former royal arena, next to the Palace of Belém, in Lisbon. head of state replied: “No”.

“It will come exactly with the description of reality: the Constitution says that once vetoed and confirmed by parliament, the President is forced, he is obliged to promulgate, period, paragraph. I quote the article. That’s it,” he added.

The decree, which the head of state had vetoed on April 29, was confirmed on Friday, and went to the Belém Palace that same day for promulgation.

It had 129 votes in favour, from the majority of PS deputies, from the Liberal Initiative and Left Bloc benches and from the single PAN and Livre deputies, 81 votes against, from the majority of PSD deputies and the Enough and PCP benches , and there was a social-democratic deputy who abstained.

Under the terms of the Constitution, in the event of a veto of a decree, “if the Assembly of the Republic confirms the vote by an absolute majority of the deputies in office, the President of the Republic must promulgate the diploma within eight days of its reception. “.

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