Turkey’s Constitutional Amendment Bill Headed for Parliament Vote

Ankara, The Turkish parliament’s constitutional committee has approved a bill proposing a set of constitutional amendments, including a switch to a presidential system of governance in Turkey.

Backed by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s 316 lawmakers, the bill is now expected to be put to vote in the parliament.

The proposed amendments “give executive powers to the president and vice presidents while abolishing the post of prime minister, lowering the age of candidacy for parliament from 25 to 18, and increasing the number of parliamentarians from 550 to 600 in accordance with the country’s growing population,” Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

The bill also proposes to hold general elections every five years instead of four, with the presidential vote taking place on the same day.

Source: Qatar News Agency