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July 7, 2017

French President Macron calls for government reforms. At a special meeting of France’s parliament at Versailles on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he wants to reduce the size of the legislature, curb the executive’s role in appointing magistrates, and introduce proportional representation to French elections. Macron added that he will call a referendum if parliament does not enact the reforms within a year.
Bangladeshi court rules judges cannot be removed by parliament. On Monday, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh ruled that the country’s sixteenth constitutional amendment, which authorized parliament to impeach supreme court justices, is illegal. It is unclear to whom the judges are now accountable; some believe the ruling restores the previous constitutional provision, which empowered a judicial council to remove judges.
Malaysian court rules international travel not constitutionally protected. On Wednesday, Malaysia’s Court of Appeal, the country’s second-highest court, ruled that the constitutional right to free movement only applies to travel with Malaysia. The government will likely rely on the ruling to prevent debtors and critics from traveling abroad.
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