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February 4, 2016

Turkey's ruling party sets timeline for constitutional drafting commission. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has given the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission a six month timeline for drafting a new constitution. The commission, which held its first meeting today, is expected to be divided over the AKP's desire to create a presidential system of government.
Japan Prime Minister renews call for constitutional amendments. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe again called for amendments to Article 9 of Japan's constitution, which forbids the nation from maintaining a military and arguably contradicts the existence of the country's Self-Defense Forces. The proposed amendments, which critics fear could lead to escalated regional tensions, will need to be proposed by two-thirds of the legislature and approved by a national referendum.
Algeria expected to restrict presidency to two terms. Algeria's parliament, which is dominated by pro-government parties, is expected to approve President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's slate of proposed constitutional reforms on Sunday. The revised constitution would establish a presidential two-term limit, thus reversing a 2008 constitutional amendment that lifted presidential term limits and allowed Bouteflika to serve four consecutive terms despite tenuous health and infrequent public appearances.
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