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July 30, 2015

Incumbent Burundi president wins disputed election. In spite of widespread civilian unrest, and a constitutional two-term limit on the presidency, Burundi's incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in office after receiving 69.41% of the vote in last week's presidential election. Several opposition parties boycotted the election, which was condemned by the United Nations and the United States as lacking credibility.
Bulgarian parliament takes steps toward judicial reform. On Friday, Bulgarian MPs favoring judicial reform collected the required 180 signatures for a constitutional amendment bill that would divide the Supreme Judicial Council into two colleges and increase the power of the Inspectorate. The amendments have gained the support of President Rosen Plevneliev, but they must be approved in three separate parliamentary votes in order to become law.
Turkish political leadership discusses constitutional reform.  In their ongoing negotiations to forge a coalition government, delegates from the Justice and Development Party and the Republican People's Party have agreed to draft a new constitution, but still disagree on a number of other key issues. If the parties are unable to come to an agreement and form a coalition government, the president may call for early parliamentary elections.
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