Panel sets out pact changes

Panel sets out pact changes

The House committee vetting proposed changes to Section 190 of the constitution has decided that only three types of government agreements signed with other countries will need parliamentary approval in future.

In its current version, Section 190 requires all deals involving issues of sovereignty to be approved by parliament.

The panel yesterday discussed the matter, agreeing to enhance clarity and assigning a more specific scope to the section.

The three types of international pacts which would need House approval are agreements that deal with territorial changes, those that require a new law to have them invoked, and free trade agreements (FTAs).

Under the draft amendment, authorities in charge of an FTA must submit the negotiating framework to parliament for approval before they can draft an FTA pact, which would also need to be submitted for scrutiny.

This requirement does not apply to the other two types of international deals.

The panel also agreed that an organic law of the new version of Section 190 of the charter must be drafted and passed within a year after the endorsed amendments to Section 190 come into effect.

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