Marcelo has already received the National Defense Law and the Armed Forces Base Law – ZAP

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Tiago Petinga / Lusa

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

The two decrees are based on government bills, which launched this reform to strengthen the powers of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces (CEMGFA) in relation to the three military branches.

The President of the Republic has already received the decrees of the Parliament that change the National Defense Law it’s at Armed Forces Basic Law, and waits eight days to make a decision, under the terms of the Constitution.

According to a note published on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “received today the decrees of the Assembly of the Republic that carry out amendments to the National Defense Law and the Organic Law of Bases of the Organization of Armed Forces”.

“In the case of organic laws, the President of the Republic cannot take a decision on them without the eight days after receipt“, reads in the same note.

These two decrees, approved in the Assembly of the Republic in a final global vote by PS, PSD and CDS on June 25, are based on the Government’s proposed law, which launched this reform to, among other changes, strengthen powers of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (CEMGFA) in relation to the three military branches.

Pursuant to paragraph 4 of article 278 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, “they may request the Constitutional Court to pre-empt the constitutionality of any rule contained in a decree that has been sent to the President of the Republic for enactment as an organic law, in addition to this, the prime minister or one-fifth of the deputies to the Assembly of the Republic in full function”.

The President cannot promulgate this type of decrees “without elapsed eight days after their reception or before the Constitutional Court has ruled on them, when its intervention has been requested”, without prejudice to the possibility of requesting the preventive appraisal of the constitutionality, establishes number 7 of the same article of the Constitution.

The decree that amends the Organic Law of Bases of the Organization of the Armed Forces was approved in a final global vote with votes in favor of PS, PSD and CDS, with votes against by BE, PCP, PEV and Chega and abstentions from the PAN, the Liberal Initiative, a PSD deputy and the non-registered deputies Cristina Rodrigues and Joacine Katar Moreira.

The decree that amends the National Defense Law was approved in a final global vote with votes in favor of PS, PSD and CDS-PP, votes against by BE, PCP, PEV and Chega and abstentions from the PAN, the Liberal Initiative and the non-registered deputies Cristina Rodrigues and Joacine Katar Moreira.