Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Interesting mixture of ideas in the defeated Kenyan constitution proposal

Prime minister - works to the president

Bans foreign land ownership

Land commission formed - individuals can no longer distribute land

Christian and other religious courts set up; Muslim courts already exist

Regional parties banned

Elections for local officials

Same-sex marriages banned

Women get equal rights to inherit property

Abortion outlawed - unless permitted by parliament

Banning abortion and same-sex marriage, but granting women's property rights, banning regional parties but introducing local elections, creation of christian courts and government monopolizing land allocation.

Guess it's a major dollop of social conservative with a minor side-dressing of government interventionism.

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