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Constitutional court chairman to resign

JÁN Mazák, the chief justice with the Slovak Constitutional Court, will resign from his post on September 29.

He is resigning because he has accepted a new position as general attorney at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, a post will start on October 6.

Mazak's successor at the Constitutional Court will be the current deputy chief justice Eduard Barany, until President Ivan Gašparovič appoints a new Constitutional Court Chief Justice. If a new Chief Justice is not appointed then his appointment will become permanent, TASR wrote.

Two other former Constitutional Court judges - Daniel Šváby and Ján Kľučka - resigned from their posts on April 30, 2004, are also working as judges at the ECJ. The Slovak Parliament has so far failed to agree on the replacement for these judges.

The Constitutional Court consists of 13 judges who are appointed to 12 year terms by the Slovak President.

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