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September 17, 2015

Nepal Constituent Assembly passes new constitution. On Wednesday, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal made history as it endorsed a new constitution in a 507-25 vote. The new constitution, which will divide the country into seven federal provinces, has faced criticism from activists who claim it does not provide adequate representation for historically marginalized groups; the document is scheduled to be promulgated on Sunday.
Ruling party of Bolivia seeks to change constitution. In an effort to allow incumbent president Evo Morales to run for reelection in 2020, the ruling part of Bolivia is seeking to amend the presidential term limits established in the constitution. Morales first took office in 2006 and won a third term in 2015, following a supreme court decision that allowed him to seek reelection despite a constitutional two-term limit.
New Sri Lankan government moves forward with reconciliation process. In a speech delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Sri Lankan government announced plans to establish a truth, justice, and reconciliation commission and to draft a new constitution to address issues of ethnic reconciliation following a protracted civil war. Sri Lanka's political reform efforts have garnered applause from the international community –particularly Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who said the "leadership has shown remarkable political unity."

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