Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

December 22, 2017

Uganda to amend constitution, permit president to seek sixth term. On Wednesday, Uganda's parliament voted to remove the constitutional age limit for presidential candidates, allowing President Yoweri Museveni to seek a sixth term. The move has stoked tensions and violence in Uganda, where as many as 75% of people oppose the change.
South Africa considering land expropriation without compensation. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is seeking a constitutional amendment to permit the expropriation of land without compensation. Following decades of less radical efforts to correct the legacy of apartheid, farmland remains predominantly owned by a white minority.
New Zealand court blocks media merger. On Tuesday, the High Court of New Zealand upheld a decision by the country’s Commerce Commission that prevents the country’s two largest print media companies from merging. The court agreed with the commission’s finding that the merger would undermine media plurality and therefore threaten New Zealand’s liberal democracy.
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