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September 3, 2015

Central African Republic establishes presidential term limits under new constitution. On Sunday, the Central African Republic's transitional government approved a new constitution, which establishes a five-year presidential term that is renewable only once. The document also includes provisions on the country's mineral resources and governmental bodies; it must now pass a referendum on October 5th to be established as law.
Thousands protest reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reinterpret Japan's postwar constitution has been the subject of recent protests outside the country's parliament and across the nation. The proposed legislation, which has already been approved by the lower chamber of the National Diet, would allow the military to deploy troops for the 'collective self-defense' of Japan or its allies.
Constitutional changes in Ukraine face fierce opposition. On Monday, protests broke out in Kiev after 265 MPs voted in favor of constitutional amendments which would grant more autonomy to regional governments, including the separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. While activists claim that the legislation will allow greater Russian influence in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko maintains that decentralization is necessary for peace.
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