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July 22, 2016

Colombia's Constitutional Court allows referendum on FARC peace treaty. On Monday, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled that last month's cease-fire agreement between the government and FARC rebels may be put to a popular vote. Although the country's constitution does not provide for popular approval of treaties, the court argued (Spanish) that in this case democracy is best served through a plebiscite; some expect a decisive approval of the agreement.
Azerbaijani president proposes expansion of executive power. On Monday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev revealed a number of proposed constitutional amendments which, if approved by the Constitutional Court, will be put to a national referendum later this year. The proposed changes, which opposition leaders see as an attempt to further consolidate Aliyev's power, would create a vice presidency, extend presidential term limits, and expand executive authority to curtail rights of assembly, property, and citizenship.
Iraq begins constitutional amendment process. The Iraqi parliament decided on Sunday to form a committee to consider changes to the country's constitution, which would ultimately require approval by two-thirds of the members of parliament, the Iraqi people via a national referendum, and the president. The committee is expected to consider constitutional provisions related to presidential powers, citizenship, and the status of Kirkuk province.
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