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March 18, 2016

Erdoğan seeks referendum to expand presidential powers. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan plans to seek parliamentary approval for a referendum on a new constitution that would increase presidential authority. Insiders believe Erdoğan will likely court the support of far-right nationalist members of parliament in order to gain the necessary support to call a referendum later this year.
Philippine Supreme Court rules Poe can run for president. Following last week's decision to allow Senator Grace Poe to run for president, the Philippine Supreme Court was today asked to reconsider its judgment and declare Poe constitutionally ineligible. At issue is whether Poe, who was born in the Philippines but then became a naturalized U.S. citizen, can be considered "natural-born" following her repatriation to the Philippines.
Thailand schedules referendum on new constitution. On Tuesday, Thailand's ruling junta set August 7 as the date for a referendum on the country's new constitution. The junta's latest proposal includes a fully appointed senate with guaranteed seats for military commanders and police chiefs, a measure which has been panned by junta allies and critics alike.
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