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August 5, 2016

Nepal chooses new prime minister after constitutional compromise. On Wednesday, former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, commonly referred to as "Prachanda," secured crucial Madhesi support to become Nepal's new prime minister. In exchange for Madhesi support, Prachanda and the ruling coalition agreed to introduce constitutional amendments that address Madhesi demands and pledged that the government will recognize as martyrs those killed in protests last year.
Nicaraguan president selects wife as running mate. On Tuesday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced that his wife, Rosario Murillo, will serve as his running mate as he seeks re-election for a third consecutive term. First Lady Murillo is currently the government's lead spokeswoman and is largely seen as more active in governing the country than her aging husband.
Indonesia considers banning gay sex. Indonesia's Constitutional Court is currently hearing a religiously-motivated plea to criminalize gay sex, even between consenting adults. Though homosexuality is not currently illegal in Indonesia, the LGBTQ community has recently faced heightened persecution from both government officials and civilians.
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