Thu, Jul. 21, 2005

No Dependable Majority

CK - Washington.   The lack of a dependable majority in the diet, Bundestag, weighed on President Köhler's decision today to dissolve the parliament. He explained his rationale on TV and encouraged the country to vote on September 18, 2005.

The president acquiesced in Chancellor Schröder's wish who had deliberately challenged his party members in a vote of non-confidence. Because the constitution disallows the dissolution of the parliament--which option caused Hitler to win control of the country at the end of the Weimar Republic--, the Köhler ruling is subject to challenges in the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.


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