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Erdogan Inching Forward to Taking Executive Power in Turkey

  • Amendment envisons government without prime minister role
  • Parliament to vote on sending measure to a referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inched closer to concentrating power in his office as the governing party officially proposed an executive presidency to parliament.

The bill would amend the constitution to change Turkey’s political framework from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. It was submitted on Saturday after the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, reached agreement on its outlines with the nationalist opposition party MHP, whose support it needs to authorize a public referendum on the measures.