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referendum

(Encyclopedia) referendum, referral of proposed laws or constitutional amendments to the electorate for final approval. This direct form of legislation, along with the initiative, was known in Greece…

Scottish Independence Referendum

The kingdom remains united Related Links Scotland Country Profile United Kingdom Guide to New Nations Country Profiles On September 18, 2014,…

The Devil's Dictionary: Referendum

by Ambrose Bierce REDUNDANTREFLECTIONREFERENDUM -n. A law for submission of proposed legislation to a popular vote to learn the nonsensus of public opinion.

Humbert II

(Encyclopedia) Humbert II, 1904–83, last king of Italy (1946), son and successor of Victor Emmanuel III. On the abdication (May, 1946) of his father, who was tainted by his long acquiescence (1922–43…

Mas i Gavarró, Artur

(Encyclopedia) Mas i Gavarró, Artur, 1956–, Catalonian nationalist leader, b. Barcelona, grad. Univ. of Barcelona. An economist, he was the head of the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC), a…

Karimov, Islam Abduganievich

(Encyclopedia) Karimov, Islam Abduganievich släm´ kär´môf, 1938–2016, Soviet and Uzbekistani political leader, president of Uzbekistan (1991–2016). He joined the Soviet Communist party in 1964,…

Parti Québécois

(Encyclopedia) Parti Québécois pärt kbkwä´ (PQ), provincial political party committed to the independence of Quebec. Founded in 1968, it soon became a force in provincial elections. In 1976, led…

Belo, Carlos Felipe Ximenes

(Encyclopedia) Belo, Carlos Felipe Ximenes cär´loosh fl´p shm´nsh ;b´l, 1948–, East Timorese Roman Catholic bishop and human-rights activist. He studied theology in Portugal and Rome in the…

Cameron, David William Duncan

(Encyclopedia) Cameron, David William Duncankm´rn, 1966–, British political leader, b. London. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he worked for the Conservative party's research department…

Dorr, Thomas Wilson

(Encyclopedia) Dorr, Thomas Wilson, 1805–54, leader of Dorr's Rebellion (1842) in Rhode Island, b. Providence. After studying law under Chancellor Kent in New York he practiced in Providence.…