Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Category: Afghanistan

  • Kabul Update: Constitutional Confusion Continues

    Along with its myriad other problems, Afghanistan finds itself in a continuing state of constitutional confusion as to what body has the authority to interpret the constitution. Given the total stalemate between President Karzai and the parliament, this is a grave state of affairs that threatens to exacerbate the political gridlock.

  • Afghanistan’s Constitutional Opera Continues…

    May 22nd marked what should have been the end of President Karzai’s first term as President according to the 2004 constitution. As Tom Ginsburg noted in his March 31 post, the Supreme Court justified the continuation of Karzai’s term until August elections to “ensure national consensus and stability in the country.”

  • Constitutional Crisis in Afghanistan

    Kabul: Afghanistan is experiencing a complex constitutional crisis concerning the delay of Presidential elections this year, and a fundamental disagreement over what body, if any, has the authority to interpret the post-Taliban constitution ratified in 2004, available here. The immediate crisis is due to the fact that Article 61 of the 2004 Constitution states that “the presidential term shall expire on the 1st of Jawza [May 22] of the fifth year after elections” and that “elections for the new President shall be held within thirty to sixty days prior to the end of the presidential term.”