Erdogan makes another step towards absolute power

 On 13 January the Turkish MPs approved  the main provisions of the constitutional reform, strengthening the role of the president, Reuters reported. Three new Articles  of the main document provide  that the Parliament will now  have an oversight role, and the president will be able to keep the party membership and lead the executive branch.  "For" vote 340 deputies out of 550. Amendment must pass two more rounds of voting, after which they will put to a popular referendum.

 The amendments approved on  January 13 are  part of the reform, the discussion of the remaining provisions  is ongoing. The new draft constitution,  for  the adoption of which advocates Recep Tayyip Erdogan, provides a sharp increase  of presidential powers.

In the case of adoption of the document  armed forces and intelligence agencies will be directly in subordination of the president. Currently, their activity is regulated by a collective body - the Supreme Military Council. -02D-

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