Turkey’s Erdogan could govern until 2029 under plans to change constitution

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan adjusts earphones during a news conference in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, September 5, 2016. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo)

 

President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey until 2029 with expanded executive powers under proposals the ruling AK Party hopes will go to a referendum next spring, officials who have seen the latest draft told Reuters on Wednesday.

Erdogan and his supporters argue Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency, akin to the system in the United States or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past. Continue reading

Turkey about to conclude a deal with Israel on ‘all issues’: Turkish official

Istanbul: Turkey is about to conclude a deal with Israel on “all issues”, a Turkish official said on Tuesday, a sign the two former allies may be moving toward a compensation agreement for the killing of 10 Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010.

The two countries have stepped up efforts in recent months to restore a relationship that was severely damaged after an Israeli raid on a Turkish boat, the Mavi Marmara, which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip. Continue reading