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Turkish Parliament opts for popular election of President

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Turkish Parliament opts for popular election of President

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A vote in the Turkish Parliament has paved the way for the country’s next president to be chosen by the Turkish people. Parliamentarians adopted a necessary constitutional reform to change the election of the president from a parliamentary decision to universal suffrage.

Last time the existing President vetoed their decision, but he cannot impose his veto a second time. He would have to call a public referendum.

There have been huge public demonstrations for weeks over the choice of the new President.