German high court to rule onearly elections in late August

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, BERLIN - Germany's highest court will rule late next month on whether planned early national elections are constitutional, a court spokeswoman said Friday.

29 July 2005

BERLIN - Germany's highest court will rule late next month on whether planned early national elections are constitutional, a court spokeswoman said Friday.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will begin deliberations on August 9 and is expected to issue its ruling late in the month, the spokeswoman said.

This means the decision will comes just weeks before the planned September 18 German general election.

Several members of parliament lodged complaints with the court which argue that early elections are unconstitutional because Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder still has his slim majority in the Bundestag, parliament's lower chamber.

Schroeder, who called early elections after a bitter regional election defeat for his Social Democrats (SPD) in May, badly trails his conservative challenger Angela Merkel in all opinion polls.

But growing support for a leftist alliance linking the revamped former East German communists with a smaller western German movement may prevent Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) from winning a majority with the smaller Free Democrats (FDP).

This could force a grand coalition of the CDU/CSU with Schroeder's SPD, pollsters say.

An alliance of Schroeder's present SPD-Greens coalition with the leftists would also be close to holding a majority, polls show. But the Chancellor and top members of the SPD have ruled out such a government.

DPA

Subject: German news

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