Lawmakers who want a repeat term will have to obtain the right the hard way: Through a constitutional amendment.
The Sala IV constitutional court rejected unanimously Wednesday an appeal by several current legislators that their human rights were abridged by not being able to seek consecutive terms.
Members of the Asamblea Legislative are prohibited from
running again, but many do end up being elected every other four years. Some who cannot run find administrative positions in the legislature or are named to executive branch positions or as heads of various institutions.
The court said it did not have the competence to handle challenges to original constitutional articles.
The lawmakers made the argument that repeat terms would provide a degree of continuity and acquired skills to the legislative body.