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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

November 17, 2017

South Africa to eliminate statute of limitations for sexual assault cases. On Tuesday, the South African Ministry of Justice announced that it does not oppose a High Court decision that invalidated the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault cases. Prior to the ruling, most sexual assault crimes, with the exception of rape, had a 20-year statute of limitations.
Zimbabwe military orchestrates apparent coup. On Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s military orchestrated an apparent coup by arresting 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe and his wife, taking over the state-run media, and establishing patrols in the capital, Harare. Many believe that Mugabe’s latest purges, and the elevation of his spouse as his successor, created a tipping point for one of the world’s longest-serving dictators.
Australians vote in favor of same-sex marriage. Australians largely voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in a mail-in, non-binding referendum conducted between September and November. Nearly 80% of eligible Australians cast a vote, with 61.6% voting in favor, but it is not clear what the government’s next steps will be.
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