Estonia nixes poll for president

  • 1999-11-04
  • By Brooke Donald
TALLINN - Parliament voted down a Center Party-sponsored bill last week that called for direct presidential elections, following the advice of the constitutional committee.The constitution deserves to be treated as a whole document, the committee said, whereas this bill would introduce amending the constitution piece-by-piece."We are discussing amendments of the constitution in more general terms," committee chairwoman Liia Hanni said. "The election mechanism cannot be separated and discussed apart from the entire constitution."Based on this argument, 44 members of Parliament voted against ...
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