A Cypriot referendum on the reform of the Local Government on the day of the Parliament, was decided by the Council of Ministers.
This was announced by the Minister of Interior Nikos Nouris in his statements after the meeting of the Minister, adding that the decision “will be forwarded to the House of Representatives accompanied by the appropriate question”.
“The Council of Ministers in its session today adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Interior for the holding of a nationwide referendum with a date of May 30, 2021, which is the date of the parliamentary elections,” said Mr. Nouris.
The Minister of Interior reminded that the Ministry suggested to the Council of Ministers the holding of a pan-Cypriot referendum having in mind “the opinion of the Attorney General of the Republic which was placed on the amendments that had been attached to the Government's proposal by the Parliamentary Committee on Interior”.
More specifically, said Mr. Nouris, “the Parliamentary Committee on Internal Affairs amended the Government bill with a majority of decisions of the parliamentary parties, adopting the position for holding local referendums after the passage of the bills”.
According to him, the Attorney General of the Republic was of the opinion that this could not be done. “It is not possible to put before the people voted articles of the laws under the condition and judgment of a referendum,” he said.
The Minister of Interior, continued by saying that the Government, having in mind the positions of the parliamentary parties that by a majority favored holding a referendum, decided that “by adopting, exactly, the positions of the parliamentary parties, we suggest to the Parliament to hold a referendum on parliamentary elections in which the question will be raised before the sovereign people whether the reform in the Local Self-Government is desirable or not “.
Therefore, he said, “it should be expected that in the coming days the relevant decision will be sent by the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to the House of Representatives”.
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