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German President Refuses To Sign Censorship Law

November 29th, 2009 11:46 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

thetinytoon writes “German federal president Horst Köhler has refused to sign a law to block child pornography that passed Parlament earlier this year, stating that he ‘needs more information.’ In Germany, the federal president has the right to reject a law only if its passage violated the order mandated by the constitution, or if it is obviously unconstitutional — he can’t veto a law simply because he disagrees with it. The law was passed under a coalition government, but a different coalition took power before the law reached the president’s desk. Political observers guess that the political parties would like to get rid of the law without losing face, but since it has already passed the Parlament, they can’t simply abandon it.”

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