Turkish President approves constitutional reform bill
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill, according to his office, in a move paving ways for a referendum on an amendments package that seeks to extend his powers.
The deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the referendum is planned to take place on the 16th of April 2017.
The minister disclosed that the changes would enable the president to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top state officials and dissolve parliament – amendments.
He added that the proposed constitution would create an executive presidency for the first time in modern Turkey, and the country also foresees the creation of a vice president and the abolition of the office of the prime minister.
The president further revealed that the changes will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the insubstantial coalitions of the past.