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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

July 9, 2015

Australia moves forward with plans to recognize indigenous peoples in constitution. In a historic summit on Monday, top Australian politicians Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten met with indigenous leaders to discuss a nationwide referendum regarding constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The group discussed the need to eliminate a constitutional provision that allows states to disqualify voters based on race, and agreed to form a referendum council to further consider the language and timing of the referendum.
Armenian president reaffirms support for proposed constitutional amendments. On the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Armenian constitution, President Serzh Sargsyan delivered a congratulatory message and reaffirmed the administration's commitment to reforming the country's constitution. The proposed amendments, which are expected to be finalized later this month, will provide a transition to a parliamentary form of government and, according to Sargsyan, will help strengthen Armenian sovereignty.
Thai drafting committee continues to debate provisions on parliament.  Thailand's Constitution Drafting Committee has decided to drop the controversial open-list poll system from the draft constitution, which was criticized for being overly complicated, and will instead move forward with a single constituency system. The committee further decided that the senate will be comprised of both directly and indirectly-elected officials; it plans to finish revisions by the end of July.
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