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August 26, 2016

Zambian Constitutional Court to review presidential election. On Saturday, the Zambian government suspended the inauguration of recently re-elected President Edgar Lungu, after the main opposition party filed a petition with the Constitutional Court challenging the election results. The opposition party, which lost by approximately 200,000 votes, claims the poll was rigged and seeks a vote recount.
Colombian court prohibits mining company from degrading the environment. The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled last week that Minas Paz de Oro, a mining firm which is planning open-pit operations in Boyac√°, must not harm a local spring that residents rely on for water. The court asserted an obligation for all entities to protect and preserve the environment and affirmed the right to a healthy life.
Singapore explores mandate for minorities to be president. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday that the government, which is exploring ways to amend the constitution's electoral qualifications, will advocate requiring that non-Chinese ethnic minorities secure the presidency from time to time. Noting that it is currently very difficult for minorities to be elected president, supporters of the provision insist that minorities should sometimes serve as president to bolster national unity.
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