Parliament approves constitutional amendments
The First Amendment to the Austenasian Constitution of 2011 has now been approved by Parliament and will enter into force on 20 September.
Several amendments to the constitution (explained here) were proposed last month by Emperor Jonathan I, the first time that any change to the constitution has been formally proposed since its adoption in September 2011.
Constitutional amendments require approval in a referendum and the approval of over 80% of the Representatives in Parliament. The Monarch must also give their consent.
A referendum held on 31 August had 89.47% of voters (with a turnout of 77.55%) support the amendments. An Act of Parliament was soon proposed to implement the amendments, to which nine out of the ten Representatives would have to support in order to reach the threshold of over 80%.
As soon as the ninth Representative gave their support last night, the Emperor granted Imperial Consent to the Act, making it law.
Now that Parliament has approved of the amendments, they will come into force at one second past midnight on the morning of Sunday 20th September.
In other news, the Emperor has announced that 13 September was the first day of autumn 2015 in the Austenasian calendar.