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May 28, 2015

Parliament of Madagascar votes to impeach President. Following allegations of constitutional violations and corruption, 121 of 151 members of Parliament voted to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Tuesday. The impeachment request will now go to the constitutional court, which will determine whether or not Rajaonarimampianina may be dismissed from office.
Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by popular mandate. On Friday an overwhelming 62.1% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that will extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, making Ireland the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. The first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in the fall, following the three-month notice required for all civil marriages.
German court rejects drone complaint. On Wednesday, the Administrative Court of Cologne rejected a complaint against against the German government for allowing the American military to carry out drone attacks in Yemen from a German military base, which human rights groups claim violates the country's constitution. The court ruled that its jurisdiction in such matters is limited, but prosecutors plan to appeal the case in the coming months.
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