Published: Sat, December 31, 2016
Research | By Francis Brooks

Turkish parliamentary commission approves reform to grant Erdogan more power

Turkish parliamentary commission approves reform to grant Erdogan more power

They would grant the president the power to choose government ministers and state officials, recall the ruling party's leadership and remain in office until 2029.

The commission approved the draft changes in a marathon 17-hour session that finished on Friday morning, sending 18 new articles for the constitution to a parliamentary vote. If the National Assembly approves the bill, which it is set to discuss in January, a referendum would have to approve the amendment as well, before it becomes law.

It calls for the next parliamentary and presidential elections to take place on November 3, 2019.

Also, there will be no "Council of Ministers" but there will be ministers.

Mr Erdogan, 62, came to power in 2002 and spent 11 years as Prime Minister before becoming the country's first directly-elected President in August 2014.

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The new law would also allow the president to directly appoint four of the 13-member Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, while the remaining seven members will be appointed by the parliament, according to the bill.

The AK Party and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had struck an agreement over the changes to the constitution.

A parliamentary commission has approved constitutional reforms that would substantially increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), with 133 and 59 seats at the parliament respectively, have strongly opposed a shift to an executive presidential system.

In the proposed presidential system, the electorate would vote for a person to form a government independently of parliament, with no need of a vote of confidence.

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