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German deputy finance minister greets court ruling on ESM bailout fund

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's deputy finance minister welcomed a ruling on Tuesday by the Constitutional Court which upheld the legality of the euro zone's bailout fund, saying the decision backed up the government's own arguments. "I am very happy with the outcome because what the German government has put forward here has been reflected in the ruling and the Constitutional Court has confirmed (our views)," said Werner Gatzer, one of the finance ministry's deputy ministers, after the ruling was read out in Karlsruhe.

Key provisions of Egypt's draft constitution

Some 53 million voters are eligible to vote in the two-day referendum on Egypt's new constitution that began on Tuesday. The charter was drafted by a 50-member panel appointed by the country's military-installed authorities, after the previous constitution was suspended when the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. Experts say the new draft, which has 247 articles, has made symbolic changes to the 2012 version approved under Morsi. Here are some of the main provisions of Egypt's new draft basic law.

Turkey parliament deadlocked over new constitution

Turkey's parliament is deadlocked over efforts to draw up a new constitution aimed at enshrining democratic values and replace a military-drafted charter, a ruling party lawmaker said Wednesday. A special cross-party parliamentary commission set up to write a replacement for the charter introduced by the military junta after a 1980 coup is set to be formally dissolved after failing to make any significant progress.

Parties agree to extend deadline for new constitution

Representatives of the political parties that make up the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission have agreed to extend the time the commission has to draft Turkey's new constitution, Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said late on Monday.Speaking to reporters after a meeting with members of the commission, Cicek said party representatives have agreed on an extension of time to finalize the process of drafting the new constitution, but he did not clearly state how long the commission will continue working.

Significance of new constitution for Turkey

Although the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002 through democratic elections and it is a party that primarily represents religious groups, it can be seen as a founding party like the Republican People's Party (CHP) of the 1920s. History has given the AK Party the opportunity to represent change and rectify ideological faults in this country. And overall, it has performed well in fulfilling this duty.During the last 10 years, Turkey's appearance has changed considerably.

Yushin Constitution-illegality

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court on Thursday declared a series of emergency decrees based on the Yushin Constitution, which was declared by the military regime of the late President Park Chung-hee in 1970s in an attempt to remain in power, as unconstitutional.

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SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- Concerns are growing that the Constitutional Court will fall into a "vegetative" state without the court's chief in place. Song Doo-hwan, the acting chief of the court, is to retire on Friday following his six-year stint, adding fuel to the negative impact on the institution and the public that has also arisen from the nearly two-month absence of the court's chief.

Egypt court dismisses challenge of charter panel

Egypt's constitutional court on Sunday threw out complaints against an Islamist-dominated assembly that drafted the country's divisive constitution, the official MENA news agency reported. The complaints had challenged the method in which the members of the assembly had been chosen. The hastily prepared charter was passed in a referendum in December. The complaints also said the panel, which was boycotted by liberals and Christians before it finished the charter, was not representative of all Egyptians.

UPDATE 2-Egypt court rejects election law, may delay poll

* Court says election law technically flawed * Ruling hailed by some parties * Government says election should not suffer long delay (Adds constitutional court statement, reaction) CAIRO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Egypt's constitutional court rejected five articles of a draft election law on Monday and sent the text back to the country's temporary legislature for redrafting in a ruling that may delay a parliamentary poll due in April.
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