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New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia in referendum

New Zealand has voted to legalise euthanasia for those with a terminal illness.

The decision on whether to legalise euthanasia appeared as a referendum question on the October 17th general election ballot paper, alongside a second referendum question on whether to legalise cannabis, which did not succeed.

The results of the euthanasia referendum are binding and will see the act come into effect 12 months from the final results, on November 6th, 2021.

Preliminary results announced on Friday by the electoral commission saw 65.2 per cent of eligible voters tick “yes” to legalising euthanasia, with 33.8 per cent ticking “no”.

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