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April 7, 2017

Kenyan Supreme Court orders parliament to meet gender requirements. The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled last week that the parliament will be dissolved if it does not meet the required gender quotas within 60 days. The 2010 constitution requires that women make up at least one-third of parliament.
Venezuelan Supreme Court reverses nullification of parliament. On Saturday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court reversed last week’s shocking decision to dissolve the country’s parliament and assume all legislative power. The decision had given President Nicolas Maduro near-complete power and was met with intense protests across the country; on Wednesday, the opposition-controlled legislature voted to censure the Supreme Court.
Benin rejects constitutional amendments. The Benin National Assembly narrowly rejected a set of constitutional amendments on Tuesday, with 60 votes in favor of the amendments, 22 against, and 1 abstention. The amendments, which would have limited the president to one term, required 75% support to pass.
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