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February 12, 2016

Tajikistan to vote on presidential life term in referendum. On Wednesday, Tajikistan's parliament unanimously agreed to put a package of constitutional amendments to a national referendum on May 22. The amendments, which were declared legal by the Constitutional Court last week, would allow President Emomali Rahmon to remain president for life, ban the main opposition party, and prohibit party platforms based on religion.
South African president accused of corruption, agrees to repay public money. After previously defying orders from the Public Protector to pay back some of the public money that was spent on improvements to his private residence, South African President Jacob Zuma has now, amid Constitutional Court hearings on the issue, agreed to repay $24 million. Critics accuse Zuma of violating his constitutional oath by disregarding the Public Protector's decision, and an increasing number of people have called for his resignation.
Zimbabwe high court nullifies criminal defamation law. Last week, Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court unanimously declared the country's criminal defamation law unconstitutional, overturning a law that had previously been used to arrest hundreds of journalists. Proponents of the ruling continue to protest other domestic laws which criminalize expression despite constitutional guarantees to freedom of expression and freedom of the media.
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