The country’s system of governance is proposed to be changed from parliamentary to presidential as part of the amendments to the constitution.
Turkish president may approve the draft amendments to the constitution if the amendments get 367 votes in the parliament, or he can submit the draft to a referendum.
Deputy Chairman of the AKP Hayati Yazici said earlier that a referendum on amending Turkey’s constitution may be held in April 2017. The AKP currently holds 316 of the 550 seats in the Turkish Parliament.
Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), represented in the parliament by 40 MPs, also spoke in favor of holding a referendum to amend the constitution.
The two other parties in the parliament, the Republican People`s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), are against the amendments.