Turkey's Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill, paving way for April vote

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 10, 2017 4:41 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill paving the way for an executive presidential system, his office said on Friday, and a deputy prime minister said a referendum on the issue was expected on April 16.

Erdogan says the reform will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past. His opponents fear it will herald increasingly authoritarian rule.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)