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.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Jul 2011 at 10:00