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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.

Bolivia's Congress votes to let Evo Morales run for re-election again

La Paz - Bolivia's Congress voted Saturday to amend the South American country's constitution to let President Evo Morales run for re-election again in five years, and potentially extend his presidency to 2025.

Violent protests as Nepal adopts new constitution

Kathmandu - Nepal Sunday adopted a new constitution aimed at bolstering its transformation to a peaceful democracy after decades of political instability and a long civil war, even as protests raged over its terms.

Protester killed as Nepal prepares for new constitution

Kathmandu - Police fired into a crowd of demonstrators in Nepal on Sunday, killing one, with tensions running high as the Himalayan nation prepared to adopt a controversial new constitution.

Nepal's parliament passes new constitution

Kathmandu - Nepal's parliament passed a new national constitution on Wednesday, weeks after political leaders reached a historic agreement to create a federal state following an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people.

Spain minister proposes more powers for Catalonia

Barcelona - Spain's foreign minister opened the door Thursday to talks on constitutional reform and greater fiscal powers for Catalonia after a looming regional election billed as a de facto independence referendum.

Nepal policeman shot dead in anti-charter protest

Kathmandu - A Nepali policeman was shot dead Friday in the latest round of clashes to hit the country's southern plains as protests intensify against a proposed new constitution.

C.Africa to limit president to two terms under new charter

Bangui - Central African Republic's transitional government on Sunday adopted a new constitution that would limit future presidents to two terms in office as the country seeks to end more than a year of sectarian violence.

Nepal protester shot dead in fresh clashes with police

Kathmandu - Nepal police shot dead a protester as fresh clashes erupted in the country's southern plains Tuesday, a day after an 18-month-old boy and seven officers died during demonstrations against a new constitution.

Eight Nepal police killed in clashes with anti-charter protesters

Kathmandu - Demonstrators armed with spears and axes killed eight police officers in western Nepal on Monday during escalating protests against a proposed new constitution, officials said.
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