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TOP COURT: PARLT SPEAKER HAS RIGHT TO ENSURE HOUSE’S DIGNITY NOT VIOLATED

 

The speaker of parliament “has the right and obligation to ensure that parliament’s dignity is not violated,” the Constitutional Court said in a ruling in which it declared that amendments to the labour code and legislation on the establishment of administrative courts were lawfully approved by parliament on Dec. 12. The court admitted that under the law, parliament should have two notaries on duty at any time, “possibly” one delegated by the ruling parties and the other from the opposition, but said that parliament’s having two ruling party notaries on Dec. 12 was “not a violation of the rules but due to the pressure of circumstances”. Addressing complaints concerning the technical procedure of voting, the court said that it is not stipulated that deputies can only cast their ballot electronically. The court said parliament’s session on Dec. 12 had had the required quorum and the required number of votes was cast for the motions on the agenda for that day. The court turned down all appeals concerning the Dec. 12 parliamentary session in a unanimous vote of all 15 members.