|Author (Person)||Aries, Quentin|
Turkey's parliament approved on 15 January 2017 a set of constitutional reforms aiming to expand powers of the country's president. According to parliamentary rules, new talks and a second round of voting on the proposed law would follow after a two-day break.
The proposal required 330 positive votes to be adopted, a scenario which was likely to happen due to an agreement between the leading AK Party and the Turkish nationalist MHP.
Turkey's parliament formally approved the controversial constitutional reform package in a final set of votes on the 21 January 2017. The 550-seat parliament approved the new 18-article constitution with 339 in favour and 142 against.
A referendum to approve the constitutional reform would take place in April 2017, almost certainly at a time when the country's state of emergency was still in force.
The country's president approved the amendments on 10 February 2017.
|Countries / Regions||Turkey|