Constitutional Court gets new chairperson

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Ineta Ziemele was on May 8 elected the chairwoman of the Latvian Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court elected Ziemele its chair by four votes to three.

Other candidates nominated for the position included Gunars Kusins and the court's outgoing chairman Aldis Lavins.

According to the Constitutional Court, in 2005 Ineta Ziemele was appointed to the office of the Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, but since 2012 has been the President of a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and the head of the committee on the status of ECHR Judges. On September 11, 2014, Saeima appointed Ziemele as a judge of the Constitutional Court. She took that office on January 8, 2015.

Today, the judges failed to elect the Constitutional Court's deputy chairperson. A repeated election will be held on May 16.

In the first and second round of the election of the Constitutional Court's deputy chairperson, three judges voted for the candidates, Sanita Osipova and Gunars Kusins, but four voted against.

Lavins was elected the Constitutional Court's chairman three years ago. Uldis Kinis served as his deputy until the expiry of his office term on March 31, 2017.

The Constitutional Court's chairperson and his or her deputy are elected for a period of three years.

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