Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is moving to consolidate more power to the office of the president, in a move that raises many questions for the future of democracy in Turkey. Vasilis Chronopoulos 

Turkey’s parliament, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, is considering the introduction of constitutional amendments that would hand sweeping executive powers to the office of the presidency, which presently is a largely ceremonial role.

The proposals would have to clear two rounds of voting in parliament before being approved or rejected in a plebiscite. The earliest date this referendum could happen would be in the spring. The draft of the current 18-article new constitution was agreed by a parliamentary commission late in 2016.

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