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January 6, 2017

Dueling protests break out in Nepal. Several Madhesi groups in Nepal threatened last week to boycott local elections proposed by the country’s ruling parties unless the constitution is first amended to their satisfaction. Meanwhile, the government has proposed a constitutional amendment to address Madhesi demands, but a coalition of opposition parties is protesting the amendment and blocking its advancement in parliament.
Syrian Kurds ratify constitution for autonomous federal region. Last week, Syrian Kurds and their allies adopted a constitution for an autonomous federal region in northern Syria, formerly known as Rojava. The group hopes to hold elections for local and central government bodies within six months.
Czech Republic will consider allowing citizens to use arms against terrorists. This October, the Czech Republic will consider a constitutional amendment to protect citizens who use licensed firearms against suspected terrorists. The proposed amendment, which comes as the EU has taken steps to curb gun rights, would reportedly be accompanied by additional legislation establishing stricter requirements for gun owners.
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