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September 9th, 2004
Hell of a Nation
Map: New Constitutions

Afghanistan is one of at least 34 countries worldwide that have written new constitutions in the last ten years. Each of these countries has taken its own approach to the writing of its constitution as well as to its subsequent adoption. Of the seven countries profiled in the Interactive Map, one — Venezuela — implemented its 26th constitution in 1999, while others, like East Timor, only recently implemented the terms of their first. Some country’s constitutions feature unique provisions, like South Africa’s inclusion of economic rights, while other countries have written documents that intentionally mirror constitutions successfully used in other nations.

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