Law would expand Erdogan’s powers
B istanbul» Turkey’s ruling party on Saturday submitted proposed constitutional amendments that could greatly expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Private news channel NTV broadcast images of the parliament speaker receiving the proposal, which garnered 316 supporting signatures from the 550-seat assembly. If cleared by a constitutional committee and approved by parliament, the reforms would pave the way for a referendum on granting the largely ceremonial presidency full executive powers.
Critics feared the proposed reforms would allow Erdogan, who has retained outsized influence over his party and the levers of government, to rule unchecked.