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January 19, 2017

The Gambia in chaos as president refuses to step down. Citing irregularities in his country’s December election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to leave office, despite having initially conceded to his opponent, Adama Barrow, two days after the vote. In an attempt to forestall a transfer of power, Jammeh declared a state of emergency earlier this week, but Barrow was nonetheless sworn in as president today. Senegal troops have entered The Gambia and are prepared to oust Jammeh by force if necessary.
German high court declines to outlaw neo-Nazi party. On Tuesday, Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that the aims of the far-right National Democratic Party are unconstitutional, but that the party itself is too insignificant to be banned. In Germany, a political party may be banned for showing “potentiality,” which is defined as “specific and weighty indications that at least make it appear possible” that the party will undermine the German constitution or its core values.
Sri Lankan president rejects federalism, upsets Tamils. The Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance has threatened to withdraw from the country’s constitution-making process after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena rejected calls for greater devolution. The abandonment of a federalist constitution could produce political fissures in Sri Lanka, as Sirisena relied partly on Tamil support to win the presidency in 2015.
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