New Turkish draft constitution ready for submission for parliamentary approval
25 October 2016Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) said yesterday that the draft of the Turkey’s new constitution and the presidential system is ready for parliamentary approval. Turkish parliament can pass the bill by the constitutional majority of 367 or move it to referendum if more than 330 members of the parliament vote for it. AKP has 316 seats in the parliament out of 550, and the Nationalist Action Party, whose leader Devlet Bahceli has spoken in favor of the reform, has 40 seats. The other two parties, the Republican People’s Party and The Peoples’ Democratic Party, oppose the replacement of theparliamentary republic by the presidential system.