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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 […]

Nigeria: Vice-President Calls for Review of Constitution

(Dec. 2, 2007) Nigeria's Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, on November 20, 2007, said that the country's Constitution is inadequate and in need of amendment. Speaking at the International Conference on Federalism being held in New Delhi, he argued that the 1999 document does not accommodate current developments. Jonathan further said that most Nigerians see the current […]

European Union: Reform Treaty

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 26, 2007, the European Union agreed on the text of the Reform Treaty, otherwise known as the Lisbon Treaty, which replaces the EU Constitution rejected in 2005 by France and the Netherlands. The treaty will be formally signed by the 27 EU Member States in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 13, […]

Venezuela: Congress Approves Constitutional Reforms Proposed by the President

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 23, 2007, the National Assembly of Venezuela approved an increase in powers for the president of the republic as part of a constitutional reform in progress. Among the new presidential powers included in the reform, are the following: To create or suppress federal provinces, federal territories, federal cities, operational districts, […]