>> Turkey's parliaments voted to press on with the controversial debate to reform its constitution. If adopted, the proposals will expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan and get him one step closer to an executive presidency. Erdogan and his supporters argue that Turkey needs this sort of strong leadership.
Saying an executive presidency would prevent a return to the fragile coalition governments of the past.>>
If changed, Erdogan would be able to appoint and dismiss government ministers, take back the leadership of the ruling party and govern until 2029. The initial vote was passed with 338 votes in favor and 134 against. Debate on the individual articles will start on Tuesday and AKP plans to finish this by the 24th of January.
A referendum is expected by the spring.>>