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Two vetoed bills will be examined by new parliament

Two bills vetoed by the president will be examined by the new parliament after the May 22 elections, it emerged on Thursday.

The bills were passed by MPs on the last session before parliament dissolved ahead of the elections.

A party meeting on Thursday decided to defer the issue to the new parliament.

The two bills allow for the payment of social insurance dues in 60 instalments and more stringent rules on laying off workers on long-term sick leave.

An extraordinary plenary session could have been called to decide on the fate of the two vetoed bills. The key criterion being whether the bills were deemed important enough to merit such an extraordinary plenum.

House President Yiannakis Omirou said parties had decided that conditions dictated by the constitution were not there.

Parliament must examine the vetoed bills within 15 days – a provision that must now be suspended.

“This is the parliament’s view and I hope this would be the president’s view,” Omirou said. “There must be an understanding on the matter between the legislature and the executive,” he said.

Parties criticised the president anew, on his decision to veto the two bills and refer 16 others to the Supreme Court because they appeared to violate the constitution.

They will be heard by the Supreme Court on May 10 and 12.

The bills were passed on April 14, parliament’s last session before it dissolved ahead of the elections.
Following the session, Attorney-general Costas Clerides criticised MPs for being sloppy and irresponsible, passing “blatantly unconstitutional” items.

Such items included a bill allowing the offsetting of bank-bond backed loans with bank bonds, and another for the participation of bailed-in depositors on the Bank of Cyprus’ board of directors.

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