Turkish voters to decide on power distribution in the country

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 16.4.2017 08:14

On Sunday 16 April, a Turkish referendum will be held, which, if approved, replaces the current parliamentary system of the country with an all-powerful presidency.

The proposal, which the parliament approved in January, significantly affects the powers of Turkish President Erdogan. After the adoption of the amendment, Erdogan would have, aside from other powers, the ability to create a government and name four of the 13 members of the Supreme Court, while the post of prime minister would be abolished. These changes come at a time of consolidation of Erdogan's position in the country after last year’s coup, and escalation of tensions with the European Union, some of whose members have suspended Turkish political rallies. These strained relations are also reflected within NATO and Turkey has refused to participate in some of the joint exercises. According to preliminary election surveys, it is expected that the vote margin in the referendum will be very narrow. In any case, early elections may be held, and thus once again the fragile stability of the country might be undermined.

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