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B Constitutional Framework

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The Constitution of Cyprus is divided into 13 Parts and 199 Articles. It is a detailed document that makes provision for virtually every aspect of the Administration of the country and prescribes the rules governing the exercise of the powers entrusted to organs of government. The competence, authority and jurisdiction of the three powers of the State are defined in different Parts of the Constitution (executive power, legislative power, judicial power). Article 140 provides mechanism for the pre-emptive control of the constitutionality of laws or decisions of the Legislature. Article 144 makes provision for what may be termed remedial or sequential review of the constitutionality of laws or decisions or any part thereof within the context of judicial proceedings. Article 149(b) confers jurisdiction upon the Supreme Constitutional Court to provide an authentic interpretation of the Constitution in case of ambiguity.

Keywords: Cyprus; judicial proceedings; jurisdiction; Supreme Constitutional Court

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