German state court overturns gender parity rule for elections

A state court in Germany’s Brandenburg overturned a law calling for a 50-50 male-female split on party lists for regional elections, in a setback for efforts to introduce such legislation at federal level and in other parts of the country.The law restricts the freedom of parties to nominate candidates and thus to participate in elections, the eastern state’s constitutional court said.This follows a similar ruling in the central state of Thuringia.The Brandenburg court ruled in favour of legal challenges to the gender parity requirement lodged by two far-right parties, the Alternative for Germa…

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