Thursday, June 09, 2005

Qatari Constitution

Qatar's new semi-democratic constitution has now gone into effect. Two-third of Parliament will now be elected by universal suffrage, equal rights for men and women are guaranteed, and legislation will be "inspired by" shari'a. I am curious, however, about what the practical effects will be of combining the civil and religious court system, and whether these sorts of reforms will simply allow the government to more subtly manipulate the system.


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