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    Turkey May Hold Referendum for Presidential Form of Government

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    Turkey is likely to hold a referendum on changing the country's constitution to transit to a presidential form of government, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Wednesday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants a presidential form of government to replace the existing parliamentary form, which has been in place for several decades.

    The country's opposition does not support the move, arguing that Erdogan is moving the country toward authoritarian rule.

    "The issue of [introducing] the presidential form cannot be solved without the people [of Turkey]. We will hold the referendum should the need for it arise," Kalin said at a press conference.

    The ruling Turkish Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu secured a majority of seats in snap parliament elections on Sunday and will be able to form a single-party government.

    The party, however, failed to gain the two-thirds of votes required to make amendments to the country's constitution.


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