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December 16, 2016

Colombian Constitutional Court approves fast-tracking of FARC treaty. The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the country’s Congress possesses sufficient “democratic legitimacy” to approve the second iteration of a peace treaty with the FARC rebel group, and authorized the use of an expedited implementation process. The ruling was a major victory for President Juan Manuel Santos because it effectively prevents opponents from amending the terms of the agreement; on Thursday, the FARC officially registered as a “political movement.”
South Korean impeachment case in court’s hands. Last Friday, the South Korean parliament overwhelmingly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. Park’s removal, which is supported by as many as 80% of South Koreans, would ultimately require an affirmative vote of six out of nine Constitutional Court justices.
Kyrgyz voters approve constitutional amendments. In a referendum on Sunday which drew 42% of eligible voters, nearly 80% approved a slate of amendments to the country’s constitution in an up-or-down vote. The amendments include a ban on same-sex marriage, measures that shift power away from the presidency to the prime ministership, and the ability to revoke citizenship from suspected terrorists; critics claim that the vote signals a troubling shift away from democracy.
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