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Portugal's parliament votes to allow euthanasia

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Demonstrators protest against euthanasia before a vote at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Portugal 
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Demonstrators protest against euthanasia before a vote at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Portugal REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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Portugal is poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting euthanasia 
(AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Portugal is poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting euthanasia (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

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Demonstrators protest against euthanasia before a vote at the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Portugal REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Portugal's parliament has voted in favour of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

The landmark vote leaves Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting the procedures.

However, the country's president could still attempt to block it.

The Republican Assembly, Portugal's parliament, approved five right-to-die bills, each by a comfortable margin.

Left-of-centre parties introduced the bills, which had no substantial differences.

Before politicians voted, hundreds of people outside parliament building protested the measures.

One banner said: "Euthanasia doesn't end suffering, it ends life."

Some protesters held up crucifixes and religious effigies.

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