The statements made by the new Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Mr Antonis Roupakiotis, concerning the forwarding of the bill on drugs to Parliament are encouraging. The interruption in the voting procedures on the bill by the plenary session was caused chiefly by the threat of the Popular Orthodox Rally to cause a political crisis in the then coalition government. The then Justice Minister, Miltiadis Papaioannou, vehemently supported the bill with persuasive arguments and was determined to table the bill for voting by the Plenary Session of Parliament, where there was a comfortable majority for approval of the bill. So an opportunity was lost for purely party political reasons. Today, as at the beginning of 2012, the persuasive arguments of Mr Papaioannou and the parliamentary majority are taken for granted. The intentions of the Justice Minister, Mr Antonis Roupakiotis, to forward the bill on the Drugs Code to Parliament are, for these reasons, a self-evident initiative that should be immediately implemented.
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