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Monarchy To Study Overhaul Report

September 6, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Buckingham Palace said Sunday it will study a report that suggests eliminating the monarch’s political and religious role, but said changes to the present system are a matter for Parliament.

The report by the left-wing think tank, Demos, does not call for abolition of the monarchy, but it does suggest a public referendum on the role of the next monarch. That could open the way for people to vote in favor of Britain becoming a republic, Demos said.

``The Demos report is another contribution to the general constitutional debate″ around the monarchy, said a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman who spoke on condition of anonymity. She said Parliament would have to approve any reforms.

The monarch’s present role is largely symbolic.

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