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December 23, 2015

Constitutional referendum in Rwanda clears way for president to remain in office. With an overwhelming 98.4% majority, voters in Rwanda's nationwide referendum last week supported a constitutional amendment that would exempt current president Paul Kagame from the two-term limit established in the constitution, a move that could allow Kagame to retain office until 2034. The referendum has provoked international criticism from many sources, including the White House, which claimed that there was not "sufficient time [or] opportunity for political debate" on the proposed amendment.
Polish lawmakers approve controversial changes to constitutional court. On Tuesday, the lower chamber of Poland's parliament passed an amendment to the country's constitutional court law that would require the court to deliver decisions with a two-thirds majority and at least thirteen of the fifteen judges present. If passed by the upper house of parliament, it could force the constitutional court to recognize the five judicial appointments made by the Law and Justice party, a move which sparked protests in over 20 Polish cities last week.
Nepal government takes steps to address demands from ethnic minorities. Amid an ongoing political struggle over the country's new constitution, including months of protests that have blocked trade routes and severely restricted the supply of vital resources in the country, Nepal's government announced on Monday that it would make major changes to the constitution. The changes will reportedly address federal province borders, proportional representation of ethnic minorities in government, and the delimitation of electoral constituencies.
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