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April 23, 2015

Thailand debates new draft constitution. Thailand's National Reform Council began reviewing the new draft constitution this week, ten months after the military seized control of the government. The Constitution Drafting Committee claims that the new constitution will increase democratic participation and reduce the power of major political parties; however, critics say that the draft is designed to keep former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra out of politics and to empower unelected elites. 
Nigeria President rejects proposed constitutional revisions. Citing several sections of the 1999 constitution, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected a series of constitutional amendments put forth by the legislature, including provisions for free childhood education and healthcare. The Nigerian legislature may choose to override the President's veto in the upcoming weeks. 
Burundi President may run for third term in office. Burundi's ruling party will meet on Saturday to decide if President Pierre Nkurunziza will run for a third term in office despite the two-term limit established by the constitution. Burundi has already experienced unrest over the upcoming presidential bids, and the opposition has stated that it will call for further protests if President Nkurunziza seeks a third term. 
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