SDP asks court to assess constitutionality of decision to extend HRT director's term

Pedja Grbin, a member of the Presidency of the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Friday asked the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of the government's decision to extend the term of the acting director general of the HRT public broadcasting service, Sinisa Kovacic.

Grbin described the decision as a gross violation of the Constitution aimed at securing influence for the outgoing government in the run-up to the early parliamentary election.

Grbin told Hina that the present government had been voted out by parliament in May, thus losing the legal basis for making such decisions and democratic legitimacy.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for a government that received a vote of no confidence in parliament to change laws adopted by that same parliament. Such actions are unconstitutional, which is why I have asked the Constitutional Court not just to establish but also to provide clear guidance for the future so that no government should ever behave like that in a similar situation in the future," Grbin said.

Last update: Fri, 02/09/2016 - 16:33

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