How to draft a constitution: six steps for the Middle East

Egypt’s military has suspended the country’s Constitution and tasked experts with overhauling its fundamental law. Other countries in the region may also soon be in line for such a make-over. But not all constitutions are created equal. Here are six key issues to consider when starting from scratch.

2. Does it matter if countries have had numerous constitutions?

Countries that are the most prolific constitution generators tend to be among the least stable: The record is held by the Dominican Republic, which has had 32 constitutions, followed by Venezuela (26), Haiti (24), Ecuador (20), and Thailand (17).

It doesn’t matter how lengthy the final document is, apparently. The longest current constitution – almost 120,000 words – is that of India, which is a thriving secular democracy. The shortest is that of the US.

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