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Constitutional Court halts adjudication on "language referendum" case

Gunars Kutris, the head of the Constitutional Court. Photo: Ieva Čika/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 19 - The Constitutional Court has concluded that there is no need to adjudicate the so-called "language referendum" case that deals with the procedure of initiating a referendum on Constitutional amendments.
As reported, this past January the Constitutional Court decided to accept and review a petition submitted by a group of Saeima members, including members of All For Latvia!-For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK, several members of Unity and the Union of Greens and Farmers, contesting the status of the state language referendum and asking that the referendum, scheduled for February 18, be halted for being anti-Constitutional.
Former Constitutional Court Chairman Aivars Endzins said then that the petition was legally unfounded, and urged the Constitutional Court to dismiss the case.
On the other hand, Saeima Legal Affairs Office's head Gunars Kusins said that the referendum did not violate the Constitution, and that the claimants were actually asking the Court to evaluate whether some certain parts of the Constitution complied with each other, which the Constitutional Court had never done.
leta.lv
19-12-2012
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