Turkish Parliament Approves Presidential Rule Paving Way for Referendum
Posted on:25 Jan 2017 09:30:12
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25 January 2017 Current Affairs: The parliament of Turkey approved a constitutional reform on January 21, 2017 to strengthen the powers of the presidency by introducing presidential rule in the country and has led the way for a referendum on the issue by the public.
If the bill will be passed then the President Tayyip Erdogan would serve the office until 2029. Erdogan was appointed the president in 2014 after over a decade as prime minister. Since then he used his powers to the limit that he dominated politics by dint of his personal popularity.
The legislation needed at least 330 deputies to support the plan in order to go to a public vote. The constitutional reform bill was approved with 339 votes in the 550-member assembly on January 21, 2017.
If the reform is passed it would enable the president to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top state officials and dissolve parliament – powers.
The plan also envisages that presidential and general elections be held together in 2019 and president be eligible to serve a maximum two five-year terms.
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