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Our November Newsletter contains four original Voices from the Field pieces. National dialogues in Burundi have been used to claim questionable popular demand and legitimacy for government drive to amend the Constitution to abolish term limits. In yet another referendum defeat to governments, Grenadians rejected progressive constitutional amendment proposals that would have enhanced the integrity of the electoral process and the role of opposition parties, guaranteed gender equality, and vested ultimate legal sovereignty in a regional appellate court, the Caribbean Court of Justice, which would have replaced the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The Sudan National Dialogue adopted a number of recommendations that will have constitutional implications. Nevertheless, the Dialogue has merely served to co-opt mild opponents, and misdiagnoses the fundamentally regional and ethnic nature of the political and security crisis.
November has been another busy month for constitutional reform processes. For updates on these developments from Malawi to Ukraine, Colombia to Sri Lanka on issues spanning the right to water, children, refugees, federalism and term limits, please scroll down.