Turkey’s Parliament Considers A New Bill That Would Make Erdogan Hold Power Until 2029

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said he expects “no surprise” in the second round of parliamentary voting on constitutional amendments and the package will be approved, speaking just a day before parliament’s General Assembly launches a final legislative process.

“There will be no surprise at all.God willing, we’ll make Turkey’s new constitution. This is of course something we are making together with the [Nationalist Movement Party] MHP. [The result of] the second round voting will be similar to the first round,” Yıldırım told reporters on Jan. 17 ahead of a meeting with his party’s executives.

Parliament will on Jan. 18 begin the second round of voting on the amendment package, which is expected to be completed in three days. The changes stipulate a shift from the current parliamentary system to an executive presidential system, granting excessive powers to the president while abolishing the position of the prime minister.

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