Luxembourg limited monarch's legislative role


On December 11, 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies voted to amend their country's constitution [PDF] to eliminate the requirement that the Grand Duke of Luxembourg must approve legislation before it becomes law. The amendment reduces the Grand Duke's legislative role under Article 34 [PDF] of the constitution from both sanctioning and promulgating laws, to merely their promulgation. The change was adopted after Grand Duke Henri refused to approve a bill legalizing euthanasia, which was approved by the Chamber of Deputies in February 2008.

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