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September 25, 2015

Legislative committee approves bill to amend Bolivian constitution. On Tuesday, a legislative panel in Bolivia approved a constitutional amendment bill that would allow incumbent president Evo Morales to run for a fourth consecutive term. If approved by the legislature, the bill must pass a national referendum, which is expected to take place in February 2016.
Protests over new constitution continue in Nepal. Following the adoption of a controversial new constitution by the Constituent Assembly last week, demonstrators in southern Nepal have blocked border crossings and cut off essential supply lines to protest the representation of ethnic minorities in the document. Women's rights advocates have also criticized the constitution for failing to address gender inequality, while others have praised the document for protecting LGBT rights and ending nearly a decade of constitutional uncertainty.
Japan parliament approves bills expanding role of military.  In a controversial 148-90 vote, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament has approved legislation that reinterprets Article 9 of the postwar constitution to allow for increased military involvement in overseas affairs. The legislation, proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has faced fierce opposition across the nation as critics claim it could disturb 70 ongoing years of peace.
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