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December 11, 2015

Rwanda sets date for referendum on constitutional amendment. On December 18, Rwanda will hold a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow incumbent president Paul Kagame to run for a third consecutive term in office. Both houses of parliament have endorsed the proposal, which retains the current two-term limit and reduces presidential terms from seven to five years, but makes an exception to allow Kagame to run for another seven-year term
Protesters demonstrate against constitutional amendments in Ecuador. Protests have erupted in Ecuador after the country's parliament approved a package of fifteen constitutional amendments last week, including a controversial provision to eliminate term limits for all political office holders. Critics claim that the amendments will allow President Rafael Correa to remain in power indefinitely; one opposition group has announced plans to challenge the constitutionality of the reforms.
Chile kicks off campaign to draft new constitution. On Sunday, the Chilean government launched a campaign to educate citizens on its constitutional drafting process as part of a larger goal to replace the country's current constitution, which was implemented during former dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime. Lawmakers expect to draft the new constitution in 2017 following a year of education and dialogue.
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