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TURKEY'S PARLIAMENT DEBATES GREATER POWERS FOR ERDOGAN

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Almost Heaven, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's Parliament on Monday kicked off debate on proposed constitutional amendments that would hand Recep Tayyip Erdogan's largely ceremonial presidency sweeping executive powers and Erdogan himself the possibility to serve two more five-year terms.

    Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for 14 years, has long pushed imbuing the presidency with greater political powers, arguing that strong leadership would help Turkey grow.

    The main opposition party fears that if approved, the reforms would concentrate too much power in Erdogan's hands, turn the country into a de facto dictatorship and move Turkey away from democracy and its anchor in the West.

    "They are trying to turn the democratic parliamentary regime into a totalitarian regime," said main opposition Republican Peoples' Party, or CHP, leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

    Debate on the set of amendments is expected to last two weeks. The reforms must clear two rounds of balloting in parliament, known as the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, gaining at least 330 of the 550 votes.

    If the package is approved by lawmakers, the government will submit it to a voter referendum for final approval - possibly in the spring.
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  2. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    He is trying to reinstate/reinvigorate the Ottoman Empire, with him at the head.
     
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Moderator Staff Member

    :sad
     
  4. Brent101

    Brent101 Well-Known Member

    And the U.S. still plans to deliver F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey . . .
     
  5. Andrew

    Andrew Moderator Staff Member

    And that is just plain daft!
     

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