Glossary: plebiscite

A device of direct democracy whereby the electorate can pronounce, usually for or against, some measure put before it by a government. Also known as a referendum. A Chilean president may convoke a plebiscite, under Article 117, if the president totally rejects an amendment project approved by Congress, but the latter insists on the totality of the proposed law by three-fourths of the members in office in each Chamber. Articles 118 through 119 further specify the conditions under which a plebiscite may be held.

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