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January 13, 2017

Turkish parliament voting on changes to constitution. The Turkish parliament is currently engulfed in a contentious days-long vote on 18 proposed amendments to the country’s constitution. Any amendments approved by parliament will likely be put to a nationwide referendum for final approval; if the proposals don’t get through parliament the ruling party has threatened to call a general election.
Thai king rejects constitutional checks on royal power. On Tuesday, Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn objected to various checks on royal power contained in the country’s proposed constitution, in an uncommon instance of political interference by the monarch. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has agreed to present a revised draft, which ultimately must be approved by the king, within four months.
Italy enrolls imams in courses on constitution. In an effort to “create a climate of tolerance,” the Italian government has begun enrolling imams in courses on the country’s constitution that aim to educate participants about constitutional rights and duties such as freedom of religion and speech. Although the program includes all religions not recognized by the Italian Government, Islam is the only such major world religion.
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