Luxembourg Parliament Removes Grand Duke’s Power

  March 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm by

The Luxembourg Government passed an amendment to Article 34 of the Luxembourg Constitution on March 12th, removing Grand Duke Henri’s power to vote on parliamentary matters. The Grand Duke now has a more ceremonial role in the Government; while he must sign the acts and bills of parliament, he does not enact them. This is much like the role of several of Henri’s European counterparts.

The issue of the Grand Duke’s parliamentary power came about in December last year, when he refused to sign off on a bill legalising euthanasia. The parliament themselves now enact the bills. The euthanasia bill was also passed earlier this week.

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