In Turkey, set a date for a referendum on changing the Constitution

The referendum on amendments to the Turkish Constitution amendments significantly expand the powers of the President, most likely will be held April 16. On Thursday, February 9, Minister of justice Bekir Bozdag, reports Hürriyet Daily News.

“This does not mean that the President will give power to he got rid of the Parliament,” he said.

According to RIA Novosti, the official date of the plebiscite was announced by the President of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is expected that he will do it in the coming days.

The Minister noted that a large part of the population, in his opinion, will say “Yes” on the ballot, reports TASS. “We will conduct an active campaign. Against the amendments is a dirty game, we will explain everything to people”, — he concluded.

As the probable date of the plebiscite was originally called 9 APR.

The package of constitutional amendments introduced in Parliament by the ruling justice and development party (AKP). If the amendment is approved, the President abolished the post of Prime Minister and will assume his duties in particular will have the opportunity to form a government and dissolve Parliament. To help the President to govern the country will be designated Vice presidents (this position currently does not exist). In addition, the President will be the Supreme commander and will have the right of veto, to overcome which can only be by an absolute majority of votes in Parliament.