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April 21, 2017

Georgian constitutional revision committee reveals amendment proposals. A drafting committee led by the ruling Georgian Dream party has unveiled proposed amendments to the Georgian constitution, which include limitations on the executive branch and the adoption of an electoral college system to elect the president. President Giorgi Margvelashvili and others strongly oppose the amendments, arguing that they cripple the presidency and eliminate necessary checks on the ruling party’s parliamentary majority.
Turkish referendum passes, is contested. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is claiming victory in Sunday’s constitutional referendum that will dramatically increase executive power. International election observers from OSCE found that the vote took place on “an unlevel playing field” and expressed concern about the electoral commission’s decision to count ballots that lacked an official seal; leading opposition parties are challenging the results.
Seychelles amends constitution. On Tuesday, the National Assembly of Seychelles voted to amend the country's constitution to require elections promptly after the death, resignation, or removal of the president. The amendments also expand the number of seats on the appointments and electoral boards, and formalize legislators' pensions.
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