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April 8, 2016

Seychelles reduces presidential term limits. On Tuesday, the Seychelles National Assembly unanimously voted to amend the country's constitution to reduce the presidential and vice-presidential term limits from three to two terms. Unlike executives in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo, Seychelles President James Michel supported the initiative.
Spanish Congress to sue interim government for failing to report. Spain's lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to sue the country's interim government for failing to appear before the chamber to answer legislators' questions, alleging that the executive has a constitutional duty to do so. The government claims it has no obligation to report to parliament because the executive was formed during a previous legislature and because there is no legal precedent requiring an interim government to answer legislators' questions.
Japanese prime minister asserts country can pursue nuclear weapons. Although Article 9 of the Japanese constitution renounces war and prohibits the country from maintaining a military, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted on Friday that Japan can nonetheless legally possess nuclear weapons. The government has, however, repeatedly insisted that it strives for a world free of nuclear weapons.
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