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November 4, 2016

Death penalty joins constitutional initiatives in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim have announced their support for reinstatement of the death penalty for future crimes, which would all but foreclose Turkey’s hopes of EU membership. Some have suggested that Erdoğan is supporting the move in order to generate greater public support as he seeks to consolidate executive power.
High Court rules Brexit requires parliamentary approval. Britain’s High Court ruled yesterday that Parliament must approve of any British action to leave the European Union. The government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, arguing that Parliament's decision to hold a referendum on the matter constituted automatic support of the results.
“Georgian Dream” party wins constitutional majority. Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream, won enough parliamentary seats in Sunday’s vote to unilaterally amend the country’s constitution. Some speculate that the party will consider reducing the president’s power or replacing direct presidential elections with a parliamentary vote.
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