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Constitutional Court rules on its provisional decision on GP election method

The Constitutional Court published its verdict on July 12 in which it ended its provisional ruling which had suspended a public, recorded vote for the post of general prosecutor until it reviewed the entire issue of the change of the parliamentary rules vis-à-vis Slovakia’s constitution, the TASR newswire reported. "With the secret vote [in Parliament] on June 17, 2011 the reasons for the decision expired, while currently no other [reasons] exist that would signal a potentiality of endangering basic rights and freedoms ... Therefore the Constitutional Court cancels its decision from June 15," the ruling stated on the court’s website.

The Constitutional Court published its verdict on July 12 in which it ended its provisional ruling which had suspended a public, recorded vote for the post of general prosecutor until it reviewed the entire issue of the change of the parliamentary rules vis-à-vis Slovakia’s constitution, the TASR newswire reported.

"With the secret vote [in Parliament] on June 17, 2011 the reasons for the decision expired, while currently no other [reasons] exist that would signal a potentiality of endangering basic rights and freedoms ... Therefore the Constitutional Court cancels its decision from June 15," the ruling stated on the court’s website.

The Constitutional Court had issued a provisional ruling on June 15 stating that a new parliamentary vote for a general prosecutor should only take place after the court had decided on the merits of the challenge itself – whether it was constitutionally correct for parliament to change the vote from a secret ballot to a recorded one.

After the court’s ruling, parliament voted in secret two days later and elected coalition candidate Jozef Čentéš.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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