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Title 4: The People and the Cantons
Chapter 2: Initiative and Referendum
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> Art. 139 Popular initiative requesting a partial revision of the Federal Constitution in specific terms

Art. 138 Popular initiative requesting the complete revision of the Federal Constitution

1 Any 100,000 persons eligible to vote may within 18 months of the official publication of their initiative propose a complete revision of the Federal Constitution.1

2 This proposal must be submitted to a vote of the People.


1 Adopted by the popular vote on 9 Feb. 2003, in force since 1 Aug. 2003 (Federal Decree of 4 Oct. 2002, Federal Council Decree of 25 March 2003, Federal Decree of 19 June 2003 –AS 2003 1949 1953; BBl 2001 4803 6080, 2002 6485, 2003 3111 3954 3960).

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