Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with the leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, on 26 December, to discuss a new draft constitution and the fight against terrorism.
The ruling AKP government has, for a long time, wanted to replace the existing parliamentary system with an executive-style presidency. However, the AKP cannot achieve this alone as they do not have enough MPs. They will need at least 330 votes held in a secret ballot, to change the current system.
The AKP has 316 MPs and the MHP has 40; both parties say they would back the bill. However, the main opposition party – The Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) opposes the bill.
Meanwhile, President Erdogan has said he would push for a referendum on the issue, even if the bill gained a two thirds majority in parliament.