February 26th, 2013

Fidesz MPs waver on plan to strip powers from Constitutional Court

Ruling Fidesz lawmakers have said they will reconsider an earlier proposal to strip the Constitutional Court of its right to refer to its previous decisions when making a ruling.

Originally Fidesz said the court should not take into account its own precedents that predated the new constitution which came into force at the start of 2012.

Parliament’s constitutional committee on Monday considered a new proposal allowing the top court to make decisions identical to its earlier rulings as well as to rule against earlier rulings.

“[This will] expand the freedom of the Constitutional Court in interpreting the basic law,” the lawmakers on the committee said in a statement.

But the lawmakers decided to uphold the rule that all decisions made by the court before the new basic law took effect would lose their force.

Also, the new amendment clearly stipulates that the speaker of parliament must sign the basic law and its amendments within five days.

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