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May 20, 2016

Polish Law and Justice party offers to compromise if constitution amended. Jarosław Kaczyński, head of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party, indicated Tuesday that the party might be willing to compromise on constitutional court operating procedures in exchange for constitutional reforms. As the country's constitutional standoff continues, the European Commission on Wednesday threatened to deepen its investigation into whether the government's constitutional court reforms violate the rule of law, unless the country makes significant progress by Monday.
Mexican president announces plans for same-sex marriage amendment. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Tuesday that he will seek a constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage. Peña Nieto's amendment would establish marriage equality throughout the entire country, putting into law last year's Supreme Court ruling which found state laws that ban same-sex marriage to be discriminatory.
Thailand's draft constitution faces heavy criticism ahead of vote. Thailand's draft constitution, which will be put to a national referendum on August 7, has faced heavy criticism from academics, politicians, and human rights activists alike. Government officials indicated this week that next year's general election may be canceled if the draft is not approved at the referendum, which could set the stage for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to retain power indefinitely.
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