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Hungary Judicial Overhaul May See Ouster of Chief Justice

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Cabinet approved a plan to overhaul the judiciary, the government spokesman’s office said, which may open the way for the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Andras Baka.

The reorganization of the judiciary will see the creation of the National Judicial Agency, whose head will be elected by lawmakers for a nine-year mandate, according to an e-mailed statement today. This person will oversee the judiciary, according to the statement. The “Kuria” will take the place of the Supreme Court as the country’s top court.

The changes are part of the government’s overhaul of the country’s institutions after Parliament, where ruling party lawmakers have a constitutional majority, approved a new Constitution from next year.

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