World International Affairs During a meeting of the ruling United Russia party on Tuesday, some officials hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could remain in power after his term limit ends. The Russian president was re-elected for a second six-year term this year, but he will not be allowed to run for re-election in 2024. Nevertheless, officials are already suggesting that Putin, who has already been in power for almost two decades, might be able to modify the constitution to remain in the seat of power. “There are questions in society, esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich,” Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, said to Putin, according to a transcript of the event. “This is the time when we could answer these questions, without in any way threatening the fundamental provisions [of the constitution].… The law, even one like the Basic Law, isn’t dogma." Volodin also noted that the current … [Read more...] about President for Life? Russia Considering Constitution Changes That Could Allow Vladimir Putin to Remain in Power
Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Published 9:34 pm PDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains about "three arrows" of his "Abenomics" plan during a press conference at the headquarters of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo. Abe is expected to be re-elected by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to a third term as its leader on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, paving the way for him to serve as prime minister for up to three more years. less FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains about "three arrows" of his "Abenomics" plan during a press conference at the headquarters of his ruling Liberal Democratic ... more Photo: Shuji Kajiyama, AP FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from left, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, … [Read more...] about Abe’s third term: A chance for constitutional change?
Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press Published 4:36 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Photo: Emery P. Dalesio, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A trio of North Carolina judges in Raleigh, N.C., listen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, as attorneys argue whether proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution were worded to be misleading and mask the goal of Republican legislators to reduce Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's powers. They are, from left, Superior Court Judges Jeffrey Carpenter of Union County, Forrest Donald Bridges of Cleveland County and Thomas Lock of Johnston County. less A trio of North Carolina judges in Raleigh, N.C., listen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, as attorneys argue whether proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution were worded to be misleading and mask the ... more Photo: Emery P. … [Read more...] about N Carolina court: Constitutional changes misleading, blocked
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation of a ballot measure that would make it harder to change the state constitution.Jackley's office said Friday the explanation for Constitutional Amendment X has been filed with the Secretary of State's office. The amendment would increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to 55 percent of the votes cast on the amendment.The Legislature voted during the 2018 session to put the amendment before November voters.GOP Sen. Jim Bolin, the measure's sponsor, has said the constitution must be diligently protected. Critics argue raising the vote threshold would crowd out grassroots movements.Republicans have pursued changes to the ballot question system after the 2016 election season brought 10 questions and millions of dollars from out-of-state groups. … [Read more...] about Measure would raise votes needed for constitutional changes
ANKARA (Reuters) – Expected changes to the Turkish constitution will be fully implemented with the presidential elections scheduled for November 2019, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, in an apparent response to a suggestion for early polls. Erdogan’s comments came after the head of the nationalist MHP party suggested holding presidential elections in August this year. Turks narrowly backed a constitutional change last year to change the constitution and grant Erdogan sweeping powers. The changes are due to become effective in the next elections. (Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by David Dolan) … [Read more...] about Turkey’s constitutional change to be fully implemented with Nov. 2019 elections, Erdogan says