VII. PROCEDURE FOR ESTABLISHING THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, THE PRESIDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, OR MINISTERS


Article 63
  
(1) The National Assembly decides on the impeachment of the President of the Republic by a majority vote of all deputies. The resolution on impeachment is sent by the President of the National Assembly to the President of the Constitutional Court.

(2) The resolution on the impeachment of the President of the Republic must contain a description of the alleged violation of the Constitution or serious violation of the law and the proposed evidence on the violation of the Constitution or serious violation of the law.

(3) During the period from the calling of the election for President of the Republic until the announcement of the election results for President of the Republic, a resolution on impeachment against the President of the Republic may not be submitted.

Article 64
 
(1) The Constitutional Court sends the resolution on impeachment to the President of the Republic, who may reply to the impeachment.

(2) The Constitutional Court conducts a public hearing at which the impeachment is presented by the authorised representative of the National Assembly.

(3) The Constitutional Court may decide by a two-thirds majority vote of all judges that pending a decision on impeachment, the President of the Republic may not perform his office.

(4) The President of the Republic has the right to be present at the public hearing.

Article 65
  
(1) If the Constitutional Court finds the impeachment to be unfounded, it issues a decision acquitting the accused.

(2) If the Constitutional Court establishes a violation of the Constitution or serious violation of the law, by a decision it establishes that the impeachment is justified and it may also decide that the President of the Republic ceases to hold office. The decision that the impeachment is justified and the decision that he cease to hold office is adopted by the Constitutional Court by a two-thirds majority vote of all judges.

(3) If criminal proceedings are initiated against the President of the Republic, the Constitutional Court may postpone its decision until a decision is reached in the criminal proceedings.

(4) If the President of the Republic resigns or if his term of office expires during the proceedings, the Constitutional Court stays the proceedings. The Constitutional Court continues the proceedings if the accused or the National Assembly so requests.

Article 66
  
The provisions of this Chapter are applied mutatis mutandis in impeachment procedures against the President of the Government or ministers.

Article 67
 
In the procedure for establishing the accountability of the President of the Republic, the President of the Government, or ministers, regarding matters that are not regulated in the provisions of this Chapter, the Constitutional Court acts in accordance with the principles of criminal procedure referred to in the Constitution and law.