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Turkey may hold referendum on new constitution in early April - deputy PM
January 9, 2017 / 9:38 AM / a year ago

Turkey may hold referendum on new constitution in early April - deputy PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may hold a referendum in the first week of April on a new constitution which would create an executive presidential system, handing incumbent President Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Monday.

A street vendor sells flags with portraits of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Parliament’s general assembly is due to start debating the proposed constitutional changes later on Monday and work on the package is expected to be completed in 18-20 days, Canikli said in an interview with A Haber television.

The reform package is expected to be approved by parliament, in which the ruling AK Party has a strong majority, and would then go to a referendum.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall

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