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What changes under Turkey's new constitution

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday narrowly voted in a historic referendum to approve a new constitution granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, according to almost complete results.

What changes under Turkey's new constitution plan

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday votes in a landmark referendum on a new constitution that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers.

Paraguay opposition boycotts talks on re-election row

Asunci - Paraguay's main leftist opposition party boycotted talks launched by President Horacio Cartes on Wednesday aiming to settle a row over his bid for re-election which sparked deadly riots last week.

Turkey will say 'no' to Erdogan power plan: opposition chief

Ankara - Turkey will vote against expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in an April referendum, the leader of the country's main opposition party has predicted, warning the opposite outcome would cripple democracy by concentrating power in one man's...

Far-right nationalist party expels Erdogan opponents

Ankara - Four heavyweights of a far-right Turkish nationalist party were expelled on Friday for opposing the party's line in favour of expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Kazakh leader limits his powers, but keeps firm grip

Astana - Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday signed off on constitutional changes limiting the powers of his office, though he is expected to retain supreme authority in the Central Asian country.

Turkey's Erdogan says Germany 'aiding' terror'

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Berlin of "aiding and harbouring" terror after German authorities banned rallies courting support from Turkish expatriates for a constitutional change to expand Erdogan's powers.

Turkey claims Berlin working against Erdogan powers referendum

Ankara - Ankara and Berlin were locked in acrimony Friday after several German towns scrapped rallies courting support from Turkish expatriates for a constitutional change that will expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Turkey says Berlin working against bid to boost Erdogan powers

Ankara - Turkey on Friday accused Germany of working for a "No" vote ahead of an April referendum on whether to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in an executive presidency."They don't want Turkey to campaign here, they are working for a 'No'.

Pro-Kurd party rallies against boosting Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey's pro-Kurdish party Thursday launched its campaign for a "No" vote in April's referendum on whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers as its two leaders remained imprisoned.

Pro-Kurd party rallies against boosting Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey's pro-Kurdish party Thursday launched its campaign for a "No" vote in April's referendum on whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers as its two leaders remained imprisoned.

Pro-Kurd party rallies against boosting Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey's pro-Kurdish party Thursday launched its campaign for a "No" vote in April's referendum on whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers as its two leaders remained imprisoned.

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.
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