New constitution before parliament ‘very soon’


Ankara—Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday said the government would “very soon” submit proposals to parliament for constitutional changes bolstering the powers of president. The government is seeking a three-fifths majority for the proposals in parliament, which would allow the calling of a referendum to let the people have the final say.
The chances of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) cobbling together such a majority increased on Tuesday when the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) indicated he could back the changes. “The necessary constitutional changes offered by the AKP will be offered to parliament very soon,” Yildirim told a meeting of his party in parliament.—APP