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LUSAKA, Zambia, Nov. 23 (UPI) —

Zambia’s parliament has rejected a report recommending changes to the national constitution act that would increase the influence of trade unions.

Parliament voted against the report submitted by the Committee on Legal Affairs, Governance, Human Rights and Gender on a 63-61 vote Thursday.

The vote was the latest milestone in a politically charged debate in the African nation. The Times of Zambia said further debate on changing the National Constitution Conference (NCC) had been blocked until the NCC Act had been passed.

The proposed constitutional changes would have increased the representation of trade unions on the committee reviewing proposed changes to the constitution itself.

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