Law would ex­pand Er­do­gan’s pow­ers

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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.

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