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One man's battle against Quebec Premier 70 years ago

Montreal - This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Frank Roncarelli's loss of his liquor license at his Montreal restaurant prompting a landmark legal battle that would last over a decade and redefine the Canadian constitution.

Nepal ethnic groups in fresh protests against constitution

Kathmandu - Hundreds of members of Nepal's ethnic minorities blocked roads in the capital on Sunday in renewed protests calling for changes to the Himalayan nation's controversial new constitution.

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Ankara - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday pledged that Turkey's draft constitution would guarantee secularism after calls for a religious charter sparked controversy in the predominantly Muslim country.

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Bangkok - Thai election authorities on Wednesday filed their first charge under a law banning campaigning and debate before a referendum on a controversial new constitution, as the junta tightens its grip on free speech.

Religious push sparks secularism row in Turkey

Ankara - Turkish police on Tuesday fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.

Turkey's parliament speaker seeks religious constitution

Istanbul - Turkey should have a religious constitution, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said Monday, in comments that will likely add to concerns of creeping Islamisation under the ruling AKP party.

Ousted party urges Thais to reject junta's constitution

Bangkok - The political party toppled in Thailand's 2014 coup urged voters Wednesday to reject the military’s proposed new constitution, describing it as an undemocratic document that would further entrench army rule.

Ruling puts Pacific islanders in gun debate crosshairs

Hagatna - America's heated gun debate has extended to a remote Pacific territory, with a court overturning a ban on handguns in the Northern Marianas after ruling it breached the US Constitution's Second Amendment.

Op-Ed: Thai Buddhism fracturing along political lines

Bangkok - Last month’s scuffles in Buddha Monthon — long dubbed a Buddhist centre of peace between Buddhist monks and Thai soldiers — was unusual to say the least.

French lower house votes to enshrine state of emergency in constitution

Paris - The lower house of the French parliament voted Monday in favour of enshrining in the constitution the process of declaring a state of national emergency, one of a series of controversial amendments the government proposed after November's Paris attacks...

Algerian lawmakers adopt reforms, recognise Berber language

Alger - Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.

Algeria moves forward with disputed constitutional reforms

Alger - Algeria's parliament meets from Wednesday to consider a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy but critics have denounced as window dressing.

Nepal parliament votes to amend new constitution

Kathmandu - Nepal's parliament voted on Saturday to amend the country's new constitution in a bid to resolve a months-long dispute with ethnic minority protesters demanding more political representation.

Senegal submits president's reform to limit terms

Dakar - Senegalese leader Macky Sall's proposal to limit presidents to two consecutive terms was Monday submitted to the constitutional council, putting him at odds with several fellow African heads of state criticised for clinging to power.

Polish opposition sues government over constitutional court reform

Varsovia - A Polish opposition party said on Tuesday it was taking its case against the government over plans to reform the constitutional court to the very same court for a decision.

France looks to enshrine emergency anti-terror laws in constitution

Paris - The French cabinet backed reform proposals Wednesday that could see the state of emergency called after last month's Paris attacks enshrined in the constitution, prompting criticism from rights groups.

Nepali protesters to continue blockade over charter

Kathmandu - Ethnic minority protesters in Nepal vowed Tuesday to continue their border blockade over a new constitution, rejecting an "incomplete" government proposal designed to end the impasse, and dashing hopes of resolving a months-long political crisis.

Clinging to power: The African leaders who won't stand down

Kinshasa - The fate of Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after a bloody uprising in 2014 after 27 years as president of Burkina Faso, has not been enough to deter other African leaders from clinging to power long after their constitutions demanded they go.

Rwanda to hold December 18 vote on Kagame third term

Kigali - Rwanda will hold a referendum next week on a constitutional amendment that could see veteran leader Paul Kagame rule until 2034.

Thousands protest in Armenia after disputed referendum

Yerevan - Some 4,000 people rallied in Armenia's capital Yerevan on Monday to protest against constitutional reforms to curb presidential powers adopted in a controversial referendum."Take to the streets, be part of a revolution!

Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Yerevan - Armenians on Sunday voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet nation's President Serzh Sarkisian in power.

France to write state of emergency into constitution: draft

Paris - The French government wants to write states of emergency into its constitution in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a draft seen by AFP Thursday.

S.Sudan boosts presidential powers

Juba - South Sudan's parliament changed the constitution Thursday to boost presidential powers amid fears violence is spreading to new areas in the country, with seven killed on the highway to Uganda.

Rwandan senate clears Kagame for third term

Kigali - Rwanda's upper house of parliament passed Tuesday a constitutional amendment allowing President Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in 2017, and potentially remain in power for the next two decades.

Hollande seeks three-month extension of state of emergency

Versailles - French President Francois Hollande said parliament would this week begin examining a bill extending the state of emergency by three months.

Nepal's parliament elects first female president

Kathmandu - Nepal's parliament Wednesday elected communist lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country's first female president after the adoption of a landmark constitution last month.

New tough-talking PM tasked with unifying quake-hit Nepal

Kathmandu - Nepal's new prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli, tasked with rebuilding the quake-hit country and ending bitter constitutional protests, spent years in jail for trying to overthrow the king before becoming a tough-talking politician.

Veteran KP Sharma Oli elected new Nepal PM

Kathmandu - Nepal's parliament on Sunday chose veteran politician KP Sharma Oli as the new prime minister, weeks after the quake-devastated country adopted a new constitution, the speaker announced.

Nepal's PM Koirala to run for a second term in office

Kathmandu - Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Saturday filed his nomination for re-election, a day before the parliament of the troubled Himalayan nation elects a new premier.

Armenia MPs back referendum on divisive reforms amid protests

Yerevan - Armenian MPs on Monday backed holding a referendum on proposed constitutional reforms that could lead to long-serving President Serzh Sarkisian extending his term in power, sparking protests by hundreds of opposition activists.
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