President Erdogan will push for referendum on executive presidency

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with the leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, on 26 December, to discuss a new draft constitution and the fight against terrorism.

The ruling AKP government has, for a long time, wanted to replace the existing parliamentary system with an executive-style presidency. However, the AKP cannot achieve this alone as they do not have enough MPs. They will need at least 330 votes held in a secret ballot, to change the current system.

The AKP has 316 MPs and the MHP has 40; both parties say they would back the bill. However, the main opposition party – The Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) opposes the bill.

Meanwhile, President Erdogan has said he would push for a referendum on the issue, even if the bill gained a two thirds majority in parliament.

Daily Sabah






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