December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) called on leadership in Burkina Faso on Friday to control security forces amidst crackdowns against protesters. Protests erupted in Burkina Faso earlier this week in response to attempts by President Blaise Compaore to remove presidential term limits, extending his 27- ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Constitutional Court of Ecuador on Friday ruled that congress may vote on proposal to allow unlimited re-election terms. The case was brought to the court by the ruling Alianza Pais party, which proposed indefinite re-election for elected officials in June. It is anticipated that lawmakers ...[read more]
September 3, 2013
by Kyle Webster
In June 2013, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments during the October 2013 term on the controversy regarding the constitutional limits of the president's recess appointment power. The Court granted certiorari to a petition by the president following a case, National Labor Relations Board ( ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure in January to limit the offices of premier, president and parliament speaker ...[read more]
December 30, 2012
by Sarah Steers
On December 30, 2008, Russia amended its constitution to extend term limits for its presidency from four to six years and for parliamentary seats from four to five years. One week prior, on December 22, 2008, the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, voted unanimously to approve the ...[read more]
August 5, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On August 5, 2008, the Venezuelan Supreme Court upheld a list blocking 272 political candidates from running for office because of suspected corruption. Opponents alleged that many of the names on the list were opponents of President Hugo Chavez. His opposition had previously accused Chavez of ...[read more]
February 27, 2012
by Jamie Davis
Over 80 percent of voters in Syria have voted to approve the new Syrian constitution, officials said Monday. The proposed constitution will impose term limits on the president as well as provide for a multi-party system. However, the term limits will theoretically begin once the constitution ...[read more]
February 8, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 8, 2011, a bill renewing three provisions of the USA Patriot Act failed to secure the two-thirds majority in the US House of Representatives required to renew the Act. The expiring provisions allow roving surveillance, compel production of business records and "other tangible things" ...[read more]
January 30, 2012
by Sarah Posner
Senegal's highest court ruled Monday that President Abdoulaye Wade can run for a third term, rejecting an appeal by the opposition. The Senegalese Constitution had no term limits when Wade initially took office in 2000, but it was amended in 2001 to impose a two-term limit. The court found that ...[read more]

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