Tayyip Erdogan to become most powerful President of Turkey
ISTANBUL: (APP) Turkey's ruling party on Saturday submitted a parliamentary bill that would dramatically expand the powers and possibly the tenure of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move his opponents fear will lead to one-man rule.
"The president is head of state. The executive power belongs to the president," according to a draft of the text.
The bill was presented to parliament after months of talks between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
"This is a compromise text," AKP's MP Abdulhamit Gul said in a televised speech.
"We have full confidence that the proposal will be approved (in parliament) with very strong support and put to the vote of the people," he added, alongside a MHP legislator.
The MHP is the fourth largest party in parliament but the AKP needs its support for the 330 votes required to call a referendum to approve the issue.