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Germany: Karlsruhe rejects lawsuit against the low percentage of women in the Bundestag

The Federal Constitutional Court has dismissed an election review complaint directed against the low proportion of women in the Bundestag.

Karlsruhe - This emerges from a decision of December 15, 2020, which was published on Tuesday. The complainants had reported about the lack of legal regulations for the equalization of the state lists and constituency candidates by the political parties. According to the Karlsruhe judges, the election review complaint did not adequately justify the fact that the federal legislature was obliged to formulate the right of political parties to nominate candidates on an equal footing.

No decision was made as to whether such a legal regulation would be compatible with the Basic Law. Specifically, the election review complaint was directed against a resolution of the Bundestag, with which an objection to the 2017 Bundestag election was rejected. After the election, the proportion of women in parliament fell from 36.3 percent to 30.7 percent.

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