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April 30, 2015

Thai military junta forbids political parties from discussing draft constitution. Political parties received the newly drafted Thai constitution for review this week, but the Thai military junta has forbidden leaders to meet and discuss its provisions due to an existing law that prohibits five or more people from assembling in a political gathering. Party leaders have called for the junta to lift the ban and allow discussion of the charter. 
Japan Prime Minister calls for constitutional revisions by 2018. Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called for revisions to Article 9, as well as other parts of the constitution that limit the country's military, by 2018. Japan and the United States issued a joint statement last week that outlines their ongoing military alliance and states that both countries are committed to promoting welfare and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and world at large. 
Upcoming presidential elections spur violent protests in Burundi. In violation of the Burundi constitution, President Pierre Nkurunziza submitted a bid for a third consecutive term in office, sparking a series of violent civilian protests.  The Constitutional Court will review the bid in coming weeks.
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