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Voters in German state approve abolishing death penalty

Voters have approved a constitutional change abolishing the death penalty in Hesse, the last German state to have capital punishment on the books

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Published on: November 21, 2018 20:00 IST
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BERLIN (AP) — Voters have approved a constitutional change abolishing the death penalty in Hesse, the last German state to have capital punishment on the books.

The move is purely symbolic, because Germany's federal constitution and European treaties the country has signed already ban the death penalty. These override state law.

Final results from an October referendum published Wednesday show 83.2 percent of voters in Hesse — which includes the city of Frankfurt — approved abolishing capital punishment.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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