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New constitution takes effect in Qatar

[JURIST] Qatar's new constitution [text] came into force Thursday, replacing the provisional constitution of 1970. The new charter permits parliamentary elections and provides the citizens of Qatar with the power to elect two-thirds of those members. The Emir will appoint the remaining one-third. A referendum held in April 2003 showed 99.6% support for the draft and the text was issued one year ago [JURIST report]. AKI has more.

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