GOVERNMENT

Elected officials cannot be fired, says State Council

New rule would only apply to those appointed

The Council of State has advised the government that it cannot fire elected officials who fail to comply with the duty to balance public accounts, as outlined in the proposed Law of Transparency, Freedom of Information and Good Government.

The bill, which has yet to be debated in Congress, calls for the firing of officials holding public office as a sanction that can be handed down to those who do not follow the government's order to reduce the deficit in their jurisdictions. Council members said only officials who are appointed but not elected can be covered by the rule. They refer to the case of mayors who can only be fired or replaced through a motion of censure by the town council.

Apparently the government didn't pay much attention to the advisory body's report. The conclusions were signed on July 19 while the Cabinet passed the bill on July 27.

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