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May 6, 2016

Polish ruling party calls for new constitution. As Poland's constitutional stalemate continues, former prime minister and current Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski's recent call for a new constitution elicited immediate political opposition. A growing number of state bodies are openly defying the party's attempts to consolidate power, and the zloty fell this week as concerns mount about the ruling government's policies.
Colombian high court formally legalizes same-sex marriage. The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled last Thursday that the country's constitution requires civil law to treat same-sex marriages as identical to heterosexual marriages. The court sided with President Juan Manuel Santos' administration, which spoke in favor of marriage equality during the proceedings, making Colombia the fourth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage.
Proposed amendments to Turkey's constitution prove controversial. Last week, a brawl broke out between Turkish members of parliament during a debate about proposed constitutional amendments that would strip legislators of their legal immunity and set the stage for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party to prosecute opposition MPs. On Thursday, Erdoğan's ongoing attempts to increase his power were seemingly boosted as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a proponent of moderate checks on presidential power, announced plans to step down.

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