Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

June 26, 2015

Nepal Constituent Assembly continues drafting despite court order. Ignoring a Supreme Court order that stayed the execution of a recent four-party constitution agreement, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal continues to move forward with the constitution drafting process. Although the drafting committee task force failed to produce an integrated draft by the June 22 deadline due to internal disagreements, the Constituent Assembly still plans to release a draft constitution by mid-July.
Movement to recognize indigenous Australians in constitution regains momentum. A joint parliamentary committee has issued a report recommending constitutional reforms that would recognize, and prohibit discrimination against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In a recent opinion poll, 63% of voters favored such recognition; a formal referendum is expected to take place in 2017.
Experts speak out against Rwandan parliament's plan to lift presidential term limits.  As the Rwandan parliament debates lifting the constitutional two-term limit on the presidency in order to allow incumbent Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term, activists are speaking out against the plan. The ruling party claims that 3.6 million people signed a petition calling for the amendment, but human rights activist Rene Claudel Mugenzi alleges that the government forced voters to sign the petition in order to avoid international criticism.
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