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Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Subject: Politics of the United States Virgin Islands, Gerard Luz James, United States Virgin Islands
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Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands proposed a constitution for the United States Virgin Islands in May 2009.

The Virgin Islands government is organized under the provisions of the

  • List of articles written by Megan Poinskia, a journalist that covered extensively the convention for The Virgin Islands Daily News.
  • Constitution Proposed by the 5th Constitutional Convention, U.S. Virgin Islands

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c Statement by Gerard Luz Amwur James II, President of the Fifth Constitutional Convention of the U.S. Virgin Islands, to the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, June 22, 2010
  3. ^ Full-text of Public-law-94-584
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ Pub.L. 111–194 (124 Stat. 1309)
  8. ^


On September 11, 2012, Governor de Jongh signed Act No. 7386 convening the Fifth Revision Convention. It was to convene within the month of 1 October and was to be composed of the 30 delegates of the Fifth Constitutional Convention and a legal team. It convened but failed to make a decision by the October 31 deadline.

The objections of de Jongh, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Congress included the failure of the proposed constitution to expressly recognize United States sovereignty; its granting of legal advantages to people of local ancestry or birth; and imprecise wording of parts of the bill of rights.[8]

After initially declining to forward the proposal to the "administering power", the President of the United States, de Jongh sent the draft to President Barack Obama in December 2009.[6] The proposed constitution was submitted by the President to the United States Congress on March 1, 2010.[7] According to Pub.L. 94–584, Congress could approve, amend, or modify the constitution by joint resolution, or the constitution would be automatically approved if Congress did not act within 60 days. Instead, Congress passed Pub.L. 111–194 (124 Stat. 1309) which provided that Congress would send the Constitution back to the convention and urge the convention to reconvene.

[2] and President of the Fifth Constitutional Convention [2] The convention passed a proposed constitution in May 2009,

. 2007 United States Virgin Islands Constitutional Convention election calling for a fifth constitutional convention, and 30 delegates to the convention were elected in the Legislature of the Virgin Islands An Act was passed by the 25th [4][5] were elected, but did not adopt a constitution, in 1964, 1971, 1977, and 1980.Constitutional conventions [3]

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