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April 2, 2015

Uzbek President to serve third term in violation of constitution. Uzbekistan's incumbent presidential candidate, Islam Karimov, won Sunday's election by 90 percent. Karimov, who has been president of Uzbekistan since 1991, will enter his third term despite Uzbekistan's constitutional two-term limit on the presidency.
Thai PM replaces martial law with permanent powers. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has received the King's permission to lift martial law and replace it with an order under Section 44 of the interim constitution. Human rights activists have expressed concern that the move dangerously extends Prayuth's powers and may lead to human rights abuses.
Republic of Congo may extend presidential term limits. Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso has authorized a public debate on a referendum that would amend the constitution to allow him to seek a third term in office. This referendum follows a series of initiatives by African leaders to extend their presidential term limits. 
Religious tensions rise in Tanzania ahead of referendum. Amid rising tensions, Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete urged Christian and Muslim leaders to encourage peaceful deliberations ahead of the April 30 constitutional referendum. The new Tanzania constitution would recognize Islamic Kadhi courts, which Christian leaders claim will undermine Tanzania's secular government. 

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