Parliament rejects constitutional review to give 16-year-olds vote

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 15-05-2019 15:00:00 · 0 Comments
Parliament rejects constitutional review to give 16-year-olds vote

Portugal’s parliament on Tuesday rejected a resolution tabled by the party People-Animals-Nature (PAN) calling for an extraordinary constitutional review to establish the right to vote for 16- and 17-year-olds.

The resolution was opposed by the centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD), the governing Socialist Party, the right-wing People’s Party and the Communist Party, while two PSD deputies, Duarte Marques and Simão Ribeiro, abstained.

The Left Bloc voted in favour, as did Paulo Trigo Pereira, an independent, and the PAN’s single deputy, André Silva.

The debate in the assembly saw many participants argue that there was no time to trigger a constitutional review before it would lapse with the end of the current parliament in September.

The PAN resolution noted that the last revision of the constitution was in 2005, but called for an extraordinary revision. Opponents of the text argued that there is only provision in Portuguese law for a full review.


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