Turkey’s AK Party seeks ‘mini-revision’ in constitution to boost Erdogan’s powers

Published May 27th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) chairs the meeting of 65th Cabinet of Turkey at Presidential Complex, in Ankara on May 25, 2016. (AFP/Kayhan Ozer)
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) chairs the meeting of 65th Cabinet of Turkey at Presidential Complex, in Ankara on May 25, 2016. (AFP/Kayhan Ozer)

Turkey's ruling AK Party is now seeking a revision to the constitution that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be re-affiliated with his political party, AFP reported.

Erdogan, one of the founding members of the AKP, had to step down as head of the party when he became president in 2014, as the Turkish constitution requires the president to be politically neutral.

The AKP, which has been pushing for a new constitution that would grant greater powers to the president, is now seeking a "mini-revision" to the existing constitution that would allow Erdogan to be a "party-affiliated president."

The proposal for the revisions would be brought to a vote in June, but currently the AKP lacks a "super majority" required to call a referendum on changing the whole constitution.

Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) has refused to support a new constitution that would enshrine Erdogan's status as the Turkish number one.

"We are opposed to a presidentialization of the system. The country cannot be sacrificed to the ambitions of one man," Levent Cok of the CHP told AFP.

Last week the AKP installed Erdogan's loyal ally Binali Yildirim as the new prime minister, following the resignation of Ahmet Davutoglu, who had feuded with Erdogan on several key issues, including the constitution.


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