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Kenya: Parliament Considering Amendment to the Country’s 2001 Children Act

(Oct. 5, 2018) Kenya’s Parliament is currently reviewing a new bill—the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018—which seeks to introduce key amendments to the 2001 Children Act. The Bill has recently gone through its first reading in the National Assembly, one of the two houses of the Kenyan Parliament. (Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018, […]

Nigeria: Constitution Amended to Allow Independent Candidacy, Lower Age Requirement for Holding Elected Offices

(June 11, 2018) On May 31, 2018, the seventy-five-year-old Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law a bill amending the 1999 Constitution, the implementation of which will lower the minimum age requirements for competing for and holding key elected offices both at federal and state levels. The new law will also allow individuals to stand for […]

Nigeria: President Vetoes Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill

(Apr. 4, 2018) On March 13, 2018, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, citing a number of concerns, vetoed  the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, a proposal aimed at making changes to the 2010 Electoral Act. (Taiwo Adisa, Buhari Withholds Assent to Electoral Act Amendment Bill Rearranging Elections Order, NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (Mar. 13, 2018); Electoral Act 6 of 2010 (Aug. […]

Ethiopia: Federal Family Code Amended, Ending Intercountry Adoption

(Mar. 26, 2018) The Ethiopian House of Representatives voted on January 9, 2018, to adopt legislation amending the Federal Revised Family Code of 2000 to ban intercountry adoption.  (Amy Held, Ethiopian Lawmakers Vote To Ban Foreign Adoptions, NPR (Jan. 10, 2018); REVISED FAMILY CODE, No. 213, FEDERAL NEGARIT GAZETTA, Extra Ordinary (Issue No. 1, 2000), University […]

Liberia: Temporary Ban on Domestic Violence, Including Female Genital Mutilation

(Jan. 31, 2018) On January 19, 2018, as one of her last acts in office before handing power to current President George Weah, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued an executive order on domestic violence.  (Press Release, Liberia Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf Signs Executive Order on Domestic Violence (Jan. 20, 2018).) Sirleaf issued the Order after […]

Uganda: Bill Eliminating Presidential Age Limit and Extending Parliamentary Term Passed

(Dec. 27, 2017) On December 20, 2017, the Ugandan Parliament passed an amendment to the Constitution which, among other measures, aims to eliminate the requirement that candidates vying for the presidency be under 75 years of age.  (Parliament Passes “Age Limit Bill,” Extends Its Term to 7 Years, PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA (Dec. […]

Uganda: Proposal to Amend Constitution, Eliminate Age Requirement for Presidential Candidates

(Oct. 30, 2017) The 445-member unicameral Parliament of Uganda is considering a bill aimed at amending the country’s Constitution in order to eliminate the age requirement applicable to candidates seeking to be elected to the country’s presidency.  (Uganda Introduces Bill to Remove Presidential Age Limit, AL JAZEERA (Sept. 29, 2017).)  The current Constitution of Uganda, […]

Nigeria: Government Reconstitutes the Investment and Securities Tribunal

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 19, 2017, the Nigerian Minister of Finance announced the reconstitution of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) in order “to sanitise the capital market, restore investors’ confidence and reposition the country’s economy.”  (Bassey Udo, Nigerian Govt. Moves to Sanitise Capital Market; Reconstitutes Investment & Securities Tribunal, PREMIUM TIMES (Sept. 20, 2017).)  […]

Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment Bill Gives President Unilateral Power to Appoint Top Judges

(Aug. 22, 2017) On July 25, 2017, the 270-member National Assembly, the lower house of Zimbabwe’s bicameral Parliament, passed a bill that among other measures seeks to amend the Constitution to accord the President unfettered power to unilaterally fill the highest judicial positions in the country: those of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, and Judge President of the High Court.  (Amendment Bill […]