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Constitution Court slaps down part of minority law amendment

Ethnic minority self-governments should not have the right to seats on local councils without being elected, the Constitution Court ruled on Tuesday. An amendment to the minority law passed by Parliament in June stated that minority self-governing bodies should automatically win a seat in the local councils. The Court found this stipulation to violate equal voting rights and the direct election system. Former President of the Republic Ferenc Mádl questioned this part of the law amendment and asked the Constitution Court for an opinion before his term expired this summer.