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A new system that preserves the regime

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11.01.2017

Parliament has begun debating the constitutional amendments that will usher Turkey into a system of administration that we hope will be a presidential arrangement.

After rowdy scenes at the Parliament Constitutional Commission, the amendments, which amount to changing 18 articles of the Constitution, recently cleared the commission hurdle and is now being debated in the house.

Debate on the amendments prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and revised to a certain extent by the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) started on Monday with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) trying to stall the parliamentary activities by massing its supporters outside the entrance of Parliament to prevent deputies from getting into the compound. Of course, this failed as the protesters were removed by police.

Then the CHP tried to sabotage the first session to debate the amendments by raising procedural arguments. When that failed, the CHP created a tense atmosphere in the house floor to further stall the debates.

Despite the hard work of the CHP, the debates started with a delay of nearly five hours but in the end the house agreed with 338 votes to agree to start the debates. The 338 votes are crucial as it means the condition of the 330 threshold of passing the amendments subject to a referendum has been met. It means there were some defections in the AK Party and MHP ranks but still the amendments are safe.

This, however, also means both the AK Party and MHP parliamentary administrators have to keep close tabs on their deputies to avoid any serious defections in the.....