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Central African Republic - September 2022

Constitutional Court annuls constitutional reform process

President Touadéra initiated a process for constitutional revision in August and appointed a committee to draft changes to the constitution. This followed a “Republican Dialogue” convened by the governing party in March. The most politically relevant proposal was to remove the term limit for the president, allowing President Touadéra to run for a third term. Another proposal would make the president an ex oficio member of the Constitutional Court. As some of the changes touch upon articles of the constitution that are unamendable, the government’s chosen process would repeal the current constitution and replace it with a new one. Opposition parties filed a petition at the Constitutional Court challenging the legality of the presidential decrees that initiated the constitutional reform process. On 23 September the Court ruled that the process was not in conformity with the constitutional requirements for amendment processes and annulled the presidential decrees.

Sources: Constitution Net, All Africa, Radio Ndeke Luka, Le Monde

Primary categories and factors
Rule of Law +1 Rule of Law  (+1)
Judicial Independence

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