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Turkish MPs approve bill to create executive presidency

Jan 21 2017
Turkey
Source: 
Al Jazeera

Changes, subject to a referendum, are to expand president's powers as head of executive while abolishing prime ministry.

Turkey's parliament has approved a draft bill that would dramatically expand the president's powers - paving the way for a referendum later this year.

The government insists the proposal to create an executive presidency will ensure more simple, more stable and more effective administration, but critics say it will give the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, more power that is unchecked.

Parliament set to begin charter talks to shift governance system

Jan 09 2017
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey’s parliament is set to commence two-stage discussions on government-drafted constitutional amendments on Jan. 9 that are set to usher in a major change in the country’s governance system for an executive presidency despite oppositional concerns that it will lead to authoritarian rule.

  While the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plans to finish the discussions on the 18-article constitutional proposal in the general assembly in six days, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which opposes the proposal, is planning to block the talks.

Turkey moves full throttle toward one-party state

Nov 28 2016
Turkey
Source: 
Al monitor

The political mercury in Turkey is expected to hit record highs in April, when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plans to put a crucial constitutional amendment on a referendum. Given the current political and social trends, the electorate is highly likely to approve the amendment and mark Turkey’s transition to an executive presidency regime — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biggest dream.

AK Party’s presidential system offer

Nov 11 2016
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The first concrete step about the presidential system was taken on Nov. 10 when Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım met with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli. 

Before he met the MHP leader, the PM met with legal experts last weekend and worked on the constitutional draft, finalizing the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) offer on the presidential system.  

AKP, MHP meeting could usher in charter change: PM

Nov 11 2016
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The government will implement a constitutional change and shift to a presidential system, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, hinting that a meeting with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on the charter had been positive. 

“With the MHP, we will make the constitutional change and realize the presidential system, God willing,” Yıldırım said Nov. 11 in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. 

Adopting presidential system to be top structural reform: PM Yıldırım

Oct 17 2016
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The adoption of a presidential system in Turkey will be a “key structural reform,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has argued, saying the system was needed for lasting stability, continued development, growth, strong government, national unity and brotherhood across the country.

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