Thu, Aug. 25, 2005

Elections in September Approved

MAG - Washington.   The German Constitutional Court ruled on August 25, 2005 that President Köhler's decision to dissolve parliament on July 21, 2005 was not unconstitutional, 2 BvE 4/05 and 2 BvE 7/05.

Two members of parliament had complained to the highest court that dissolving parliament and calling for new elections on September 18, 2005 would conflict with Article 68 of the German Constitution and would, therefore, be unconstitutional.

The Constitutional Court, Bundesverfassungsgericht, gave President Köhler's decision the required legitimacy with its ruling. Although the election campaign started in July, the final decision was made by the Court.


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