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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

March 2, 2017

Egypt stands by capital punishment, citing Sharia law. On Sunday, the human rights committee of Egypt’s parliament released a statement in support of the death penalty and criminalization of homosexuality, arguing that policy changes on these matters would violate the country’s constitution and Islamic Sharia. Use of the death penalty in Egypt has received international criticism after the country’s top court upheld death sentences for 10 people convicted of inciting a deadly riot at a football stadium.
Bulgarian court limits compulsory voting law. The Constitutional Court of Bulgaria last week struck down a provision of the country’s Electoral Code which sought to remove people from the voting rolls for skipping two consecutive elections “of the same type” without good cause, ruling that it violated several articles of the constitution. The decision renders the compulsory voting clause of the Electoral Code unenforceable.
Ugandan court nullifies “multiplicity” of its own rulings. Last Thursday, the Constitutional Court of Uganda vacated all of its interim orders that were issued by an insufficient number of justices. The decision stated that the rules of the Court of Appeals, which allow interim orders to be addressed by one or three judges, do not override the constitution’s definition of the Constitutional Court as a five-judge bench of the Court of Appeals; the court has now ordered 241 pending cases to go before a quorum of five justices for determination.
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