Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy'

Baku, July 26, AZERTAC 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said the constitution should be revised to give Greeks "direct democracy", a say in electing the president and the right to hold referendums on laws, according to AFP.

"It is time to set aside fear of the people's judgment... even if the people are not infallible," Tsipras said in a televised speech.

He said people should be allowed to elect the nation's president -- who is currently chosen by parliament -- if efforts by lawmakers fail, as they did last year.

The people should also be able to reject laws by referendum -- except those on fiscal matters -- and propose their own legal initiatives, Tsipras said.

Lawmakers should only be allowed to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in parliament.

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