Saturday, January 21, 2017

Turkey Parliament Expands Erdogan's Powers; Referendum on Increased Powers Will Be Held

Turkey's parliament passed a polemic bill yesterday, by a vote of 339 to 142, to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Euro News website reports today (January 21, 2017).

Supporters say more presidential authority is needed in uncertain times, but critics say it is too much power in the hands of one man.

A national referendum on the change will now be held.

Ali Seker, a member of parliament opposed to the plan, told reporters, "The state of law, the secular democratic republican regime is completely eradicated. If the public is well informed, the answer will be no."

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