Tougher language amendment rejected: Elected officials do not need high Estonian proficiency

  • 1998-12-03
  • Rebecca Santana
TALLINN - An attempt to write into the Estonian constitution tougher language requirements for elected officials went down to a close defeat Nov. 24, but proponents are not backing down.The language clause, part of a larger constitutional amendment that would change the country's election law, requires all people running for public office to speak and read Estonian. Current law requires basic knowedge of Estonian, but the new proposal calls for public officials to demonstrate the highest proficiency in the language.However, the constitution says more than half of the Parliament's 100 deputi...
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