Sunday, July 7, 2013

Constitutional Promulgation

King Haakon, Queen Maud, and Crown Prince Olav of NorwayToday marks the centennial of some important amendments to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, as they were promulgated a hundred years ago today.

It was the first royal promulgation of constitutional amendments – as opposed to sanctioning or Royal Assent.

One of the amendments itself provided for this promulgation instead of the previous Royal Assent.

The amendment provided for Parliament becoming ultimately absolute – also formally – as Royal Assent was no longer required for a constitutional amendment. One could say this marked the final nail in the coffin for real monarchy in Norway. A sad day indeed.

Also, on this day a hundred years ago, the suffrage was expanded universally to women. That being the other amendment promulgated.

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