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Turkey to submit Erdogan powers bill to parliament

The constitutional change, which has been sought by Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he became president in 2014, would see Turkey switch to an executive presidency along the lines of the US or FranceTurkey’s ruling party is to submit a bill to parliament on Saturday expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move supporters believe will streamline the political system but opponents fear will lead to one-man rule. The constitutional change, which has been sought by Erdogan since he became president in 2014, would see Turkey switch to an executive presidency along the lines of the United States or France. The drive for the change comes at a critical time for Erdogan, with the relentless crackdown after the coup straining ties with the West and the Turkish lira under severe pressure.

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