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April 16, 2015

Omar al-Bashir likely to remain President of Sudan. Incumbent President Bashir will likely be re-elected President of Sudan this week, and will therefore enter his 22nd year as head of the ruling party. Opposition leaders had previously called on the government to postpone the elections so as to consider major constitutional reforms and peace agreements with rebel groups in the region. 
Unprecedented talks in Myanmar address constitutional reform. Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), met with top military and political leaders to discuss the country's upcoming elections and ongoing political reforms. A spokesman reported that the conference addressed constitutional amendments and fair election policies; however, the participants did not reach agreements that would allow the NLD to participate in elections.
Sri Lanka ruling party seeks new constitution. Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party (UNP) announced that it will contest the next elections and call for a Constituent Assembly to draft an entirely new constitution after the president dissolves the Parliament in May. The UNP will act on the precedent of a similar mandate that took place in 1970, which ultimately led to the Republican Constitution of 1972. 
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