> The legislators have quite a history of fisticuffs, this fight broke out last year between members of Erdogan's party and pro-Kurdish lawmakers. This one, over the wars in Iraq and Syria. This, another debate over executive powers. And that's just a small sampling. The referendum is expected to go to vote this spring, a battle for legislators figuratively and literally.
He says it's needed to prevent a return to the deadlock of fragile coalition governments of the past. But opposition parties call it authoritarian, and an overreach of his office. The lawmakers were chosing which specific reforms to send to the referendum, but the fight broke out when a member of the opposition tried filming the vote with her phone.