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Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

Ankara - Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger.

Turkey sets April 16 for vote to expand Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday rubber-stamped controversial constitutional changes that will boost his powers, paving the way for a referendum on the legislation in April.

Erdogan vows to rapidly tackle new Turkey constitution bill

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to rapidly examine a constitutional bill that would expand his powers, ahead of an expected referendum in April on the controversial legislation.

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers

Ankara - Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029.

Erdogan faces weak economy in path to greater power

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to getting a power boost after parliament's first approval of a bill to change the constitution, but the flagging economy could present an unexpected roadblock.

New Erdogan powers 'huge threat' to democracy, rights group warns

Ankara - Plans to dramatically bolster Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers pose a "huge threat" to human rights, law and the country's democratic future, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

What changes under Turkey's new constitution plan?

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament has passed in a first reading a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdogan rebukes MPs over 'leg-biting' brawl

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the country's lawmakers to task Friday over an "ugly" brawl in parliament during a vote on a hugely controversial bill bolstering his powers left several injured.

Fists fly as Turkey debates greater Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkish lawmakers on Thursday brawled and threw chairs as parliament approved three more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

'No deal' as Polish opposition sticks to parliament protest

Varsovia - Poland's parliament was paralysed Wednesday as liberal opposition MPs refused to end an unprecedented protest against what they say are anti-democratic actions by the government.

Talks fail to resolve Polish political crisis

Varsovia - Poland's political parties said Tuesday they failed to reach agreement in talks on ending an unprecedented sit-in protest in parliament over a budget vote.

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to boycott constitutional reform vote

Ankara - Turkey's pro-Kurdish party is to boycott a parliamentary vote on a controversial new draft constitution aimed at giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, in protest over the arrest of its MPs.

Turkey begins debate on new Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament on Monday began debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey parliament to debate expanding Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament will next week start a fortnight of debates on a controversial new constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said on Saturday.

Sudan lawmakers vote to bring back PM post

Khartoum - Sudanese lawmakers voted Wednesday to bring back the post of prime minister, a position abolished after President Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.

Kyrgyzstan votes in controversial constitutional referendum

Bichkek - Citizens in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan went to the polls on Sunday to vote on a raft of amendments to the constitution promoted by the country's leader, several of which have been slammed by rights groups.

Turkey submits bill to strengthen Erdogan's powers

Istanbul - 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.

Turkey to submit Erdogan powers bill to parliament

Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party is to submit a bill to parliament on Saturday expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move supporters believe will streamline the political system but opponents fear will lead to one-man rule.

Slovenia amends constitution to ensure right to water

Ljubljana - Green-friendly Slovenia amended its constitution on Thursday to ensure access to drinkable water was a fundamental right for all citizens and could not be commercialised.

Ivory Coast's divisive new constitution sworn into law

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's Third Republic came into being Tuesday with the signing into law of a new constitution overwhelmingly adopted last month in a referendum boycotted by opposition parties.

I.Coast constitutional referendum passes, opponents cry foul

Abidjan - An opposition-boycotted referendum to change Ivory Coast's constitution has easily passed, electoral officials said, but opponents swiftly dismissed the vote as fraudulent.

Scuffles as I.Coast votes on divisive constitution

Abidjan - Ivorians voted Sunday to determine the fate of constitutional changes the president says will help end years of unrest but which have alarmed the opposition, with scuffles erupting at dozens of polling stations.The package put to the country's 6.

Ivory Coast votes on divisive new constitution

Abidjan - Ivory Coast goes to the polls on Sunday to vote on constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help to end years of instability and unrest linked to the vexed issue of "Ivorian-ness".

Campaigning begins ahead of I.Coast referendum on new constitution

Abidjan - The president of Ivory Coast insists it will heal a nation beset by violent turmoil, but as a referendum campaign for the nation's new draft constitution began Saturday, his opponents decried the text as dangerously anti-democratic.

Ivorian opposition calls for constitution vote boycott

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's main opposition coalition called Friday on voters to boycott a referendum on the adoption of a new constitution that changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility.

Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule

Ashgabat - Isolated Central Asian Turkmenistan on Wednesday passed constitutional changes that could pave the way for authoritarian leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to rule the ex-Soviet nation for life.

Ex-premier Abhisit turns on Thai junta's draft charter

Bangkok - A former prime minister whose party supported Thailand's last coup lambasted the junta's new constitution on Wednesday before a referendum on it, a rare blow to the army from within its own political camp.

Turkey govt to work with opposition on new constitution: PM

Ankara - The Turkish government is ready to work with all the main opposition parties in drafting a new constitution, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, after months of deadlock on the issue.

Greek PM proposes constitutional change for 'direct democracy'

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said the constitution should be revised to give Greeks "direct democracy", a say in electing the president and the right to hold referendums on laws."It is time to set aside fear of the people's judgment......

One man's battle against Quebec Premier 70 years ago

Montreal - This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Frank Roncarelli's loss of his liquor license at his Montreal restaurant prompting a landmark legal battle that would last over a decade and redefine the Canadian constitution.
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