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[UPDATE] Turkish Parliament votes to start debate on constitutional amendment

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim casts his ballot during the parliamentary session for the debates on a bill to change the Turkish constitution at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on January 10, 2017.

The Turkish Parliament began debate on a constitutional amendment that will expand President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers, after 338 deputies voted in favor during a secret vote on Monday.

One hundred thirty-four deputies voted against starting the debate in Parliament.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is planning to introduce a presidential system in Turkey to replace the country’s current parliamentary system.

Critics say the switch to a presidential system, under which current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will have more executive powers, will create one-man rule in the country.


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