Turkish parliament to review draft amendments to constitution

  09 December 2016    Read: 940
Turkish parliament to review draft amendments to constitution
Draft amendments to Turkey’s constitution will be submitted to the Grand National Assembly for discussion on Dec. 10, TRT Haber cited the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying Dec. 9.
Yildirim added that the amendments to the constitution will make the country stronger.

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.

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