TURKISH CITIZENS TO START VOTING IN CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

Ankara, – Turkish citizens living in six European countries will be able to vote as of Monday in the referendum on constitutional changes, Anadolu News Agency reported on Sunday.

The constitutional changes have been discussed since Recep Tayyip Erdogan was voted president in August 2014.

The 18-article bill was passed by parliament in January, with 339 votes in favor — nine more than needed to put the proposal to a referendum.

The reforms would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president and the post of prime minister would be abolished. The president would also be allowed to retain ties to a political party, according to Anadolu.

Other changes would see the minimum age for parliamentary candidates reduced to 18 and the number of deputies rise to 600.

Simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections for a five-year term would be held in November 2019 under the new constitution. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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