Zambian constitutional amendment process
by Antonios Maniatis
International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies (IJHRCS), Vol. 7, No. 2, 2020

Abstract: The Republic of Zambia has some similarities to the Republic of Cyprus, as proved by the fact that it became an independent state from scratch in form of (presidential) republic, on the basis of a constitution which was granted by the UK. The 1991 Constitution ratified the new era of democracy (neo-constitutionalism) after the one-party form of governance and was widely amended in 1996. Some changes were put into force in January 2016 whilst complementary ones were blocked because of the failure of the 2016 Constitutional Referendum. Besides, the 2019 Constitutional Amendment needs no referendum to pass but has raised severe criticism. Anyway, both the form of the amendment process and the structure of the constitution are complicated.

Online publication date: Tue, 23-Jun-2020

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