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May 18, 2017

Zimbabwe considers outlawing dual citizenship. On Wednesday, Zimbabwean Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede announced that the government will pursue constitutional amendments to disallow dual citizenship, citing security concerns. Opponents of the measure argue that such amendments would skew the 2018 elections towards Mudede’s Zanu-PF party by disenfranchising many Zimbabweans living abroad.
South African court considers secrecy of presidential no-confidence vote. On Monday, the Constitutional Court of South Africa heard arguments about whether the country’s constitution allows, requires, or prohibits the Speaker of the Assembly from holding no-confidence votes in secret. The United Democratic Movement party is pressing for President Jacob Zuma’s removal, which it believes is more likely to succeed if MPs from Zuma’s ANC party can vote without fear of retaliation.
Ukrainian president seeks to amend constitution to protect Crimean Tatars. On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proposed a constitutional amendment to protect the autonomy of ethnic Crimean Tatars currently living in Russian-occupied Crimea. Crimean Tatars, who have been the subject of Russian persecution, have long sought greater recognition within Ukraine.
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