Turkey Announces Constitutional Overhaul Bill

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a proposal to overhaul the country’s Constitution Saturday. Wikimedia Commons.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Saturday his government submitted a bill that would overhaul the Constitution to consolidate executive powers under the office of the President, a controversial move many are calling a referendum on Erdogan’s leadership itself. The bill includes provisions allowing the president to run his own cabinet and widely govern by decree. Current polls and parliamentary makeup suggest the AKP and opposition MHP have enough seats to pass the law, although wavering party loyalty could defeat the initiative.

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