Parliament begins debate on constitutional revision

Greek lawmakers began debating changes to the country's constitution on Tuesday, with party rapporteurs making their opening statements.

Speaking on behalf of SYRIZA, Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos urged all parties to act "responsibly" in order to achieve a wide consensus.

"We must avoid procedural tricks [and] debate with honesty, so that we can have a revision that is democratic and liberal, that will strengthen social and individual rights," he said in Parliament. 

Parliamentary proceedings today will last until midnight and will pick up on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The debate has been expended until Thursday to allow for a larger number of MPs to speak.

Lawmakers will discuss and choose between the proposals submitted by the two biggest parties, ruling SYRIZA and the main opposition New Democracy, following a debate in a relevant...

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