Constitutional Court rejects Okamura complaint

The Constitutional Court has rejected the last part of a legal complaint put forward by disqualified presidential candidate Tomio Okamura including proposed changes to the constitution and legislation related to the country’s first direct presidential election. The decision means no unexpected hurdles will prevent the first round of the election on Friday and Saturday from going ahead. Voters will choose from nine official candidates; if none surpasses the 50 percent threshold in the first round, the two top candidates will face each other in a runoff on January 25 and 26.

Author: Jan Velinger