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    Turkish Ruling Party, Nationalists to Jointly Introduce Draft Constitution

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    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will make the changes in the constitution, and bring the presidential system.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are expected to introduce a draft constitution in the parliament, the country's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday.

    "Together with the MHP, we will make the changes in the constitution, and bring the presidential system," Yildirim said, as quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper.

    The Turkish parliament will be able to pass the bill by the majority of 367 or transfer it into a public referendum if more than 330 members of the parliament support the move. The AKP has 316 seats in the 550-seat parliament and MHP has 40 seats.

    The other two parties, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), oppose the reform, including the replacement of the parliamentary republic by the presidential system.

    A proposal to replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with a presidential system is expected among a set of constitutional reforms planned by the ruling party.

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