Conservatives counter demands for constitutional rule in China

Chinese words reading "Government get out of the eviction business, commoners protect the constitution" are painted on a house marked for forced eviction in Beijing in 2004. Photo: AP

Chinese conservatives have come out to argue against the adoption of "constitutional rule", a term increasingly used by liberals to demand the realisation of basic human rights guaranteed in the Chinese constitution.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Vietnamese test taboo on debate over Communist Party monopoly

Vietnamese have become frustrated with the party. Photo: AFP

When Vietnam's communist leaders asked for public comment on their plan to amend the country's constitution they did not expect to unleash an unprecedented debate on the party's monopoly on power.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:29am

LDP charter change will return Japan to pre-war authoritarianism, critics warn

Shinzo Abe casts shadow on portrait after attending meeting at LDP headquarters in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Some of the proposed changes to the constitution, introduced shortly after Imperial Japan was defeated in the second world war, are such an about-face that they indicate a desire to return to a time of authoritarian rulers and negligible internal dissent, critics of the plan say.

22 Feb 2013 - 2:34am

Abe's wrong-headed move to revise the constitution

Abe's wrong-headed move to revise the constitution

Shinzo Abe, Japan's new prime minister, is going full speed ahead with his plan to rewrite the country's pacific and war- renouncing constitution to his own nationalist image.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am

Abe plans to amend constitution to enact full-fledged military

Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP

Shinzo Abe, Japan's hawkish prime minister, yesterday told lawmakers he planned to change the post-second world war constitution that imposed pacifism on the nation, in a move likely to stir suspicion in China and beyond.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Japan's Abe to change post-war constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP

Japan’s hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Thursday that he intends to change the country’s post-second world war constitution, lowering the bar for further amendments.

31 Jan 2013 - 2:19pm

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe allowed to try to extend his rule

Robert Mugabe, the 88-year-old president of Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe, the 88-year-old president of Zimbabwe, will be allowed to try to extend his 33-year rule for another decade, according to a new constitution agreed between his party and their main opponents to pave the way for elections.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Egyptians cast ballots in referendum on new Islamist-backed constitution

Egyptians abroad went to embassies on Wednesday to vote in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohamed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-led drafting assembly, drawing the ire of the opposition. Photo: Reuters

Egyptians began voting yesterday in a two-round referendum on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition that has waged weeks of protests.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Divisive new constitution put to the vote in Egypt

Cairo residents queue outside a polling station. Photo: Xinhua

Egyptians voted on Saturday in a referendum on a new constitution shaped by Islamist allies of Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi and which his liberal rivals say deepens divisions in the nation.

15 Dec 2012 - 6:26pm

Strife after Egypt's President Mursi assumes new powers

Protesters storm an office of Morsi’s party in Alexandria. Photo: AP

President Mohamed Mursi yesterday insisted Egypt was on the path to "freedom and democracy", as protesters held rival rallies over sweeping powers he assumed that further polarised the country's political forces.

"Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for," he told an Islamist rally outside the presidential palace.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

Egypt's Mursi assumes sweeping powers, branded 'new pharoah'

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi (right) swearing in new Prosecutor-General Talaat Ibrahim (left) at the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, prompting prominent opposition figure to accuse him of becoming a “new pharoah”.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:37pm

Liberals resign from assembly drawing up Egypt's new constitution

A number of liberal politicians have withdrawn from the Islamist-dominated assembly drafting Egypt's new constitution, saying they were not given the opportunity to discuss articles and their suggestions were being ignored.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Icelanders vote in world's first 'crowdsourced constitution'

The Facebook page of the committee that put the six constitution-related questions to voters in a referendum. Photo: AFP

Icelanders backed proposals for a new basic law, preliminary results showed yesterday, after a referendum on what has been dubbed the world's first "crowdsourced constitution".

Turnout was estimated at less than 50 per cent amid voter fears that the results of the non-binding referendum would be ignored by the small Nordic country's politicians.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Small-house grant elevated to constitutional right under Basic Law

I am alarmed that the person tipped to be our next chief secretary could have suggested that the small-house policy is a welfare system and an overhaul is required ('End small-house policy, says Lam', June 14).

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ruling with an iron fist

As one among the first generation of judicial personnel of the People's Republic, I have a deep under- standing of judicial reform in China. We started in the early 1950s, when there was no law. All Kuomintang laws were repealed. Judges were party cadres, peasants and soldiers. It was not until 1954 when the Chinese constitution was introduced that we began to have judges.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am