Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

May 27, 2016

South Korean court denies challenge to law on fast-track legislation. On Thursday, South Korea's Constitutional Court rejected a petition to overturn the National Assembly Act, which requires the approval of 60 percent of sitting legislators in order to bring "fast-track" bills to a vote in the legislature. The court ruled that the petition was not within its jurisdiction because the law does not violate legislators' constitutional right to vote.
Conflict over Nepal's constitution continues. The Federal Alliance, a coalition of Madhesi parties and indigenous groups, is boycotting talks called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli aimed at addressing ongoing conflicts surrounding Nepal's constitution. The alliance, which claims it did not receive an invitation to the talks, recently launched a fresh wave of protests to demand more constitutional rights and re-demarcation of federal provinces.
Lower house of Pakistani legislature approves constitutional amendment. Last week, the lower house of Pakistan's parliament unanimously approved the 22nd Amendment to the country's constitution, which will now be tabled in the Senate. If approved, the amendment would expand eligibility for the Election Commission from retired judges to include retired bureaucrats, senior civil servants, and technocrats; critics argue that the amendment will increase corruption and incumbents' influence in elections.
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