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February 10, 2017

South Korea considers curbing executive power as part of constitutional reform. On Wednesday, the bipartisan parliamentary committee charged with proposing amendments to South Korea’s constitution formed a subcommittee to discuss various ways of reducing presidential power, including the possibility of shifting to a semi-presidential system of government. The full committee plans to release their amendment proposals in the coming months.
Colombian court rules in favor of indigenous land rights. Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of land rights for the indigenous Resguardo population, limiting future commercial mining efforts on the group’s lands. The ruling is the latest in a series of Colombian court decisions that restore indigenous territorial rights.
Erdoğan approves constitutional amendments, referendum to follow. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved a set of constitutional amendments that would expand presidential power, and the government plans to hold a national referendum on the reforms this spring. Meanwhile, the Turkish government has dismissed an additional 4,400 civil servants accused of participating in last year’s failed coup, including a constitutional scholar who opposes the proposed amendments.
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