The Potential Implications of the Turkish Referendum
10 Apr 2017
On 16 April 2017, eligible voters in Turkey will go to the polls to vote on a constitutional referendum. Voting has already begun across Europe, with Turkish nationals permitted to cast their ballots at 120 missions in 57 countries in total (this will end on 09 April 2017). The changes proposed in this referendum will effectively see Turkey move from a political system of a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidency. It would give the sitting president power to appoint and fire ministers, hold leadership of a political party while in office, and extend term limits. Increasing the powers of the president would effectively abolish the position of prime minister.
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