Death penalty: German state Hesse scraps death penalty anomaly德国终于在全国范围内废除了死刑 时间:2018-11-06 单词数:1740
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The German state of Hesse has voted to finally scrap the death penalty from its constitution, amending a 69-year-old legal anomaly which allowed it.
The western state is the last in Germany to amend its local legal code, after the national constitution abolished capital punishment in 1949.
Some 83% of voters were in favour of changing the 1946 provision, referendum results on Thursday showed.
The vote is a symbolic one, as federal laws have always trumped state ones.
Between 1946 and 1949, two people were sentenced to death in the state, but the rulings were later commuted to life sentences.
Capital punishment is banned in all EU countries, so this lingering quirk was seen as an embarrassment to Germany, an outspoken opponent of the practice.
The referendum, which took place on Sunday, coincided with a regional vote which saw heavy losses for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party.
On Monday, she announced she would quit as party leader and step down as German chancellor in 2021.
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