The first Newsletter of 2017 includes original Voices from the Field Pieces and a number of updates on ongoing constitutional reform processes. The Turkish parliament approved extensive constitutional reforms including further shifts towards presidentialism. Progress towards federalism in Nepal continues to face the dilemma of addressing the demands of minority groups for self-government and concerns over fragmentation of the country. The latest reform proposals, which aim at restructuring the number and boundary of the provinces, have been rejected by opposition groups, undermining government efforts to settle the issue and focus on constitutional implementation and elections. Following the coming to power of the Georgian Dream party in the 2016 general elections, Georgia has embarked on a constitutional reform process which looks to move to an indirectly elected President and constitutional prohibition of same-sex marriage among other issues being proposed. Lastly, in Nigeria youth movements have had success in advocating for constitutional reform over age restrictions on running for public office through innovative online campaigns which have been taken up at the global level by various international organizations.
The remaining updates cover a range of issues in countries ranging from Curacao to the Philippines, Zimbabwe to Norway. It also includes a new study on gender-responsive constitutional implementation in Nepal.