Turkey’s ruling party launches a campaign to change the constitution

  • Carolin Laubre
  • 1.3.2017 21:29

Turkey’s ruling party Justice and Development Party (AKP) formally launched a campaign on 25 February for a referendum planned on 16 April to amend Turkey’s constitution. Proposed draft seeks to replace current parliamentary system with a presidential one by abolishing prime minister’s office and cabinet.

According to the new constitution the president would become the head of the executive power having authority over the high council of judges and prosecutors and will be allowed to issue decrees. This would pave way for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stay in power until 2029, as the new law wouldn’t take into account existing time served. Prime Minister Binali Yildrim said at the first official rally on 26 February the amendment means the end of unstable coalition government and “all terror organizations targeting Turkey will be eliminated”, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Fethullahist Terror Organization. Erdogan’s administration holds latter responsible for the failed coup attempt in 2016.

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