Constitutional Court: reform of the electoral law for the Bundestag election is valid

( – The changes that have been made with regard to the Federal Government’s reform of the electoral law remain in place after the Federal Constitutional Court rejected an urgent application from three opposition parties. The FDP, the Left Party and the Greens had filed a lawsuit with the Federal Constitutional Court. However, the court had declared the new procedure to be fundamentally compatible with the Basic Law.

The new law with regard to the Bundestag election on 26 September stipulates that the Bundestag will be reduced in size by offsetting overhang seats. There are currently 709 seats in parliament. That is 111 seats more than the standard size of the German Bundestag. The reform of the electoral law is to be examined more closely in one of the main proceedings of the Constitutional Court.

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