Constitutional Revision proposal to be tabled 24 July

Constitutional Revision proposal to be tabled 24 July

Athens, June 7, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

On the day the restoration of Democracy is celebrated, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will present to the Greek people the proposal for Constitutional Revision. The decision to immediately proceed with the drafting of the proposal was made during a marathon meeting today at the Maximos Mansion in which the Minister for the Interior and Administration Reform, Panagiotis Kouroublis and Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos participated. The government decided – as the two ministers announced after the meeting – to begin a deep discussion in society itself, a democratic dialogue for the restart of the political system for the “4th Hellenic Republic” with radical and fundemental change. The meeting also discussed the issue of the electoral law, “in the direction of simple proportional representation” and a “new, completely fresh political content”.

“We had a fruitful and creative discussion, both the Labour Minister and I, with the prime minister on two issues,” said Interior and Administrative Reform Minister P. Kouroublis leaving the Maximos Mansion. “The first issue is the constitutional review. The government aims to undertake very long and profound changes in regard to constitutional review. We put in context the establishment of a group of scientists who will work on this proposal until approximately July 20 to July 24, the day we celebrate Democracy, in order for the Prime Minister to announce a series of proposals that at the time that society will see them, the people will confirm that they are radical changes that will restore a lot of issues that have to do with the operation of the public life of our democracy and our state,” the Interior Minister said.

Mr. Kouroublis said the prime minister also accepted this process to begin within society, for dialogue to begin with the parties and with social and scientific bodies. “It should be a debate within society, to be heard by society, for society to join in, to activate society, because it’s a review which we really believe will enable it to participate, and to transfuse its reflection, and the views of all of us, accross the political world of the country, “said Panagiotis Kouroublis.

The Minister also said that during the meeting the issue of the electoral law was discussed with the Prime Minister, “an election law in the direction of proportional representation, where we try to include important and critical issues that will give a new, completely fresh political content I think that this policy initiative would create a new treaty in the public affairs of the country”, the Interior Minister characteristically added.

“Now that we have successfully completed the review and put a definitive end to political uncertainty, the time has come to develop the economy, and to build a new Greece, the new political system,” the Labour Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said in turn, adding: “This is the roadmap we discussed with Mr. Kouroublis and the Prime Minister, for a civil constitution. This is the meaning of the discussion that will start from below, from society, and will not merely be a discussion amongst politicians, that will introduce new forms of direct democracy in the political system and rejuvenate the latter.”

“Thus, we proceed with a deep, democratic debate withing society and not above it, to completely restart the political system for the” 4th Greek Republic”” said Giorgos Katrougalos.