АЏП, Summer 2016
President appoints new judge
(29 August) - Three months after the death of Oĺĕgeź Briuŕ, one of the seven judges of the Constitutional Court of Adzhatia, president Kataŕine Matuś appointed Kercei based judge Viktoŕe Treśiħin-Ŕŭnak as his successor; she will assume the duties as of 1 September.
Judge Treśiħin (62), a widow with no children, will be the first woman to be a Constitutional Court judge. Having served as judge at a local court and at the Court of Appeal in Kercei, Treśiħin is known for carefully detailed motivations that form the bases of her judgments. The president praised her ongoing quest to seek the truth no matter the circumstances and said to be confident that our country will benefit from her service as a judge at the Constitutional Court.
Only two Constitutional Court judges appointed before the 2004 revolution remain: Aśvĕĺ Eśka and Konstantiń Ěćuńź, both appointed in 1998. Judges of the Constitutional Court are appointed for life, but judges appointed before 2004 are generally considered to be biased due to the undemocratic political situation of that time; despite this, there has been no specific evidence that one of these judges abused their power.
The judges of the Constitutional Court are appointed for life by the Dume (two judges), the president (two judges), a Special Commission of Magistrates (two judges), or the twelve district governors (one judge).
Population may shrink in 2016
(16 September) - Population statistics of 2016 so far suggest that the population may shrink this year, a report of the National Planning Agency VĂK reveils.
For years, Adzhatia has had to battle emigration, especially by young people who seek better lives in the European Union, Norway, North America and Russia. Especially Adzhatians of ethnic Russian origin have left the country in recent years, a trend unlike the ones seen in other former Soviet nations such as the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Adzhatian climate is often given as one reason for departure, but the country’s dubious economic situation is the main reason for people to leave. “The fact that even refugees don’t want to come to our country, is proof enough for us that we shouldn’t stay here either”, a comment of an emigrant stated.
So far, the population growth balanced between +0 and 1%, the ‘high’ 2015 number of 0.86% giving some false hope that the tide was turning. “While I am moderately alarmed by this report, countermeasures by the government are already in place, the results of which should become clear in the course of 2017”, domestic minister Pekka Kŏroc responded.
Astrid Kŭćma, leader of the party Bloc-Hĭnzei, said however that the government is failing and that a new one is needed to solve the problems.