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September 9, 2015

New Sri Lankan government pledges to introduce new constitution. After Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party won a historic victory in the 2015 parliamentary elections, the country's two main political parties have pledged to work together for the next two years to address key issues. Among the unity government's primary objectives is the introduction of a new constitution that promotes ethnic reconciliation, following years of ethnic conflict in the country.
Thailand's National Reform Council rejects draft constitution. On Sunday, Thailand's military-appointed legislature rejected a proposed draft constitution, which included a controversial provision that would have established a panel to exercise legislative and executive power during a loosely defined 'national crisis.' The rejection of the draft constitution will result in prolonged military rule and push back elections to 2017 at the earliest; according to the junta's rules, a new constitutional drafting committee must be established within thirty days.
Protesters in Moldova demand new government and changes to constitution.  In what is being called the largest demonstration in Moldova since its secession from the Soviet Union, over 100,000 protesters gathered in the capital city of Chișinău on Sunday to demand that the government address the fraud scandal which resulted in the disappearance of over $1 billion from three state-owned banks. The protesters are demanding that top officials resign, and that the constitution be amended to ensure that the president is chosen directly by voters, rather than selected by parliament.
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