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Title:The Namibian Constitution: ex Africa aliquid novi after all?
Author:Carpenter, G.ISNI
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic term:Namibia
Abstract:Some African constitutions have proved successful to a greater or lesser extent, others have been jettisoned at the first opportunity. This paper deals with the question of what future can be predicted for the Namibian Constitution, which saw the light of day on 21 March 1990. After a short judicial history and description of the main features of the Namibian Constitution, the paper highlights specific implications of the Constitution's preamble and provisions (the Republic - citizenship - fundamental human rights and freedoms - public emergency, state of national defence and martial law - the President - the Cabinet - the National Assembly - the National Council - the administration of justice - the ombudsman - principles of State policy - regional and local government - the public service commission - the security commission - the police and defence forces and the prison service - finance - Central Bank and National Planning Commission - coming into force of the Constitution - amendment of the Constitution - the law in force and transitional provisions - final provisions) and the schedules to the Act. The Namibian Constitution has a remarkable number and variety of checks and balances. Since it is the product of many years of negotiation and political growth, an optimistic prognosis concerning Namibia's future is justified. Notes, ref.