Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

May 3, 2018

Ukrainian court strikes statute allowing constitutional amendment via referendum. Last Thursday, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled that the constitution may not be amended or replaced by referenda. The court struck provisions of a 2012 statute that permitted the constitutional changes via referenda, finding that the procedures established by the statute failed to comply with constitutional requirements.
Chad parliament votes to adopt new constitution. On Monday, the parliament of Chad voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new constitution. The new document, which still must be signed by President Idriss Deby, abolishes the position of prime minister and increases presidential power.
Philippine commission unveils draft language for new constitution. President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee has unveiled draft constitutional language that would establish an indissoluble federal republic, and is considering a proposal to give the president emergency war powers. A majority of Filipinos oppose any amendment to the country’s current constitution.
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