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Maldives: Parliament Passes Draft of Constitution Chapter

(Dec. 2, 2007) The draft constitutional chapter concerned with procedures for amending the Constitution was passed by the Majlis, the Parliament of Maldives. The language written by the Drafting Committee was entirely retained. Under this chapter, parts of the Constitution may be amended by a three-fourths majority vote in the Majlis. The chapters on the Bill of Rights, the presidency, and the Majlis, however, can only be amended after a second step, a public referendum. Furthermore, the new text prohibits constitutional amendments during a state of emergency. Under the present Constitution, all amendments need only be ratified by the President following passage in the Majlis. (Draft Chapter Dealing with Amendment of Constitution Passed, EVENING HAVEERU ONLINE, Nov. 21, 2007, available at