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Xinhua | Updated:2016-12-02 16:00Turkeys Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 8, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]ANKARA – Turkey will likely hold a constitutional referendum in early summer 2017, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday.”A referendum is expected within 60 days after the parliament concludes the negotiations,” Yildirim told a press conference after a meeting with the leader of opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Ankara.The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and MHP have finalized negotiations on proposed amendments to the constitution, which include changing the current parliamentary system to a presidential system, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.The proposed draft constitution will be submitted to the parliament next week, Yildirim, who is also the head of AKP, said.After the draft is presented to the parliament, a referendum will be held for the public to make the final decision if a total of 330 votes or higher is reached.The parliament is expected to debate the amendments early next year and the referendum may be held in April, local Daily Sabah said.According to the Turkish constitution, constitutional changes can be directly passed only if it is approved by two-thirds of the deputies in the parliament, which corresponds to 367 of the 550 parliamentarians.The AKP, with 316 seats, and the MHP, with 40, both back the bill.A committee within the AKP completed its work last month on a draft constitution that includes items for a presidential system.According to the new proposed draft constitution, the president will be able to continue with a party affiliation, which is one of the most significant changes to the presidential system, while in the current constitution the president is not allowed to continue their party affiliation and should have a non-partisan stance.The government has long sought to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one, saying there are flaws in the setup, which also holds back Turkeys development. Related StoriesEU launches programme to issue cash cards to migrants in TurkeyTurkey can serve as bridge linking China, Europe: ministerCross-border e-commerce a boost for China-Turkey tiesChina-made subway trains hit the rails in TurkeyBank of China to start operation in Turkey by end of this yearPhotoCalifornia loft fires toll rises to 33, with more victims expectedAustrian chancellor congratulates candidate Van der BellenItalian PM announces resignation after defeat in constitutional referendumFidel Castro laid to rest in Santiago de CubaFidel Castros ashes arrive at final stop in Santiago de CubaThousands take part in Santa Run in LondonMost Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Nov 21 – 27NewsmakerChinese company to build Qatar World Cup stadiumFirst school for HIV positive children in NepalSpecialPresident Xi visits Latin AmericaPremier Li visits four Eurasian countriesReporters JournalTPPs death knell should help US change its China tackVoters had to sort through campaign vitriol to get to issuesChina-JapanJapans defense white paper makes irresponsible accusations against ChinaChina-USBasketball game sparks China-US Tourism YearChina-EuropeGroundbreaking early photographs of Shanghai head for LondonChina-AfricaNew Zanzibar hospital funded by ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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