Turkish parliament passes bill bolstering Erdogan powers in first reading

1.Turkish Parliament has passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the Presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead to one-man rule.

2.Parliament yesterday approved the two final sections of the 18-article new constitution after a marathon week of debating.

3.The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mustered the necessary 330 or more votes a three-fifths majority needed for the adoption of the constitutional change and sending it to a referendum for final approval.

4.The constitution plan will now go to a second reading in Parliament expected to start on Wednesday.

5.The proposed changes will create an executive presidency for the first time in modern Turkey.The president will have the power to appoint and fire ministers, while the post of Prime Minister will be abolished.
Source : news on air

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