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Gov't Proposed Changes to Referendum Initiatives Widely Rejected at Public Debate

Ljubljana, 9 September - A public debate in the Slovenian Parliament on Monday showed that the public is against any changes that would constrict the possibility of calling a referendum in the country. Expressing their opposition to the government-proposed changes, some speakers went as far as calling the proposal anti-European. The Slovenian government wishes to change the Constitution and limit referendum initiatives to only 40,000 citizen signatures, meaning that 30 lawmakers or the National Council could no longer call a referendum, while certain legislation could also not be the subject of a referendum at all.

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