Timeline: Turkey's constitutional history

From restricting the authority of an Ottoman Sultan in 1808 to the election of a president by popular vote, Turkey's constitutional history is a story unto itself.

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

In this May 28, 1960 file photo, citizens at a newsstand read about the capture of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes after a military coup, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Updated Feb 18, 2017

A constitutional referendum on April 16 in Turkey will ask the electorate to vote Yes or No to the changes proposed in an 18-article bill.

It's not the nation's first major shift in governance.

Here's a timeline of Turkey's constitutional history: