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July 29, 2016

Turkey announces plan to draft new constitution following attempted coup. On Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and major political party leaders have found enough common ground to proceed with plans to replace Turkey's 1982 Constitution. Yildrim pledged that the ruling party will work with opposition parties, although the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was not included in preliminary talks.
Unpredictable Thai referendum approaches. As Thailand's August 7 vote on a new constitution approaches, dissent continues to grow despite government repression, but the referendum remains unpredictable as 60% of voters claim to be undecided and turnout is hard to project. In a recent analysis of the draft constitution, CCP co-director Tom Ginsburg and constitutional law scholar Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang argue that indeed the suppression of open discussion is more problematic than the content of the draft charter.
Catalan parliament defies Spanish courts, approves plan for independence. On Wednesday, the Catalan parliament approved an 18-month timeline to secede from Spain, and announced that it will hold a vote of confidence in the current pro-independence government on September 28. The actions drew fierce opposition from conservative MPs in Catalonia for violating a December decision by the Spanish Constitutional Court, which ruled the secession bid unconstitutional.
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