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February 3, 2017

Kazakh president proposes giving parliament power to appoint cabinet. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced plans to revise his country’s constitution to empower the parliament to select cabinet members. Nazarbayev characterized his proposal as “a serious redistribution of powers and democratization of the political system as a whole,” but the opposition is skeptical of the move as Nazarbayev’s ruling party controls the vast majority of seats in the legislature.
Philippine Catholic Church calls on flock to participate in constitutional amendment process. On Tuesday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines released a pastoral letter urging citizens to participate in the country’s constitutional reform process. The letter, which highlights the importance of maintaining "safeguards against dictatorial martial rule," is the latest in a series of clashes between the Church and President Rodrigo Duterte.
Nepal police arrest Madhes activist on charges of sedition. Yesterday, Nepal police arrested well-known Madhes secessionist C K Raut, whom they accuse of building an armed force to fight for an independent territory, on charges of sedition. Meanwhile, Madhesi parties have called for a new round of protests to pressure the government to amend the constitution to address their concerns about provincial boundaries and citizenship issues.
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