Turkey debates new charter, change to presidential system
Posted on 10 May 2012 - 10:27am
Last updated on 10 May 2012 - 10:32am
ANKARA (May 10, 2012): Heated debate has gripped Turkey over the redrafting of a military-era constitution and a related question -- whether Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to cling to power as president.
Parliament has started work to rewrite the 30-year-old national charter to replace a text passed two years after a 1980 military coup, reflecting deep changes in a country now ruled by a moderate Islamist government.
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