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August 4, 2017

Chilean legislature votes to allow abortion in some cases. The Chilean Congress passed legislation on Wednesday to legalize abortion in cases of rape, fetal unviability, and threats to the mother’s health. President Michelle Bachelet has indicated she will sign the bill, but it remains to be seen whether the Constitutional Court will find that abortion categorically violates the constitutional right to life.
Supreme Court of Pakistan orders Prime Minister’s resignation. Last Friday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan found Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif unfit to hold office, leading to the prompt resignation of Sharif and his cabinet. The court held that Sharif’s failure to disclose his chairmanship of a foreign company violated the constitutional requirement that the president be “sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and upright.”
Cambodia forbids political parties from associating with criminals. Last week, the Cambodian Constitutional Council approved legislation making it illegal for political parties to associate with convicted criminals. The measure is intended to prevent the Cambodia National Rescue Party from associating with its former president, Sam Rainsy.
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