Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

October 20, 2017

Georgian parliament overrides veto, amends constitution. Last Friday, the Georgian parliament overrode President Margvelashvili’s veto, adopting constitutional amendments that postpone the establishment of a fully proportional electoral system until 2024. The amendments have been criticized as establishing a “one party” constitution that primarily benefits the ruling Georgian Dream party.
Egyptian court rules protest cases must be tried in civilian courts. On Saturday, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that protest cases must be tried in civilian courts, not military courts. Protesters have been charged in various courts, including military courts, since the government adopted a restrictive protest law following former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in 2013.
Latvian court strikes tax on high salaries. On Thursday, the Constitutional Court of Latvia held that the country’s solidarity tax unconstitutionally discriminates against high earners. The tax is assessed on the part of an annual salary that exceeds $62,000 per year, and payers do not receive a direct individual benefit from their payments.
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