Number of Turkish ministries to be reduced to 16 under new presidential system of governance if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is re-elected, says incumbent on Thursday.
Turkey will choose its new president and MPs on June 24 and will become a presidential republic from a parliamentary one, as a result of last year's referendum. Here we explain the changes that will come into effect following the elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejoined the party after a three-year absence. This is the first major change to come into effect following a referendum on shifting to a presidential system. He is expected to become AK Party leader on May 21.
The Republican People's Party's (CHP) appeal against the April 16 referendum results was rejected by the Turkish administrative court based in Ankara.
People who polled "yes" and people who polled "no" to Turkey's transition to a presidential system share the same reason: they want peace and an end to PKK-linked violence.
Some say the results should be respected while others urge Turkey to seek a consensus while implementing constitutional changes that will transition the country to a presidential system. 51.3 percent of the voters said "yes" to these reforms.
Turkey's leadership says it has no plans to dissolve parliament and call for early elections before the 2019 polls. The "Yes" victory in Sunday's referendum was narrow, and the opposition are contesting the outcome.
Turkey has voted "yes" in a referendum on constitutional change that will usher in a presidential system of governance. In the wake of a close vote, reactions were mixed.
The High Electoral Board said it would accept ballots which have not been stamped "valid" by officials. The opposition CHP has slammed the decision.
Mehmet Alcu,78, lives in Demirbilek in the southeastern region of Van with his wife, who was too sick to come to the polling station. In another village, 12 people cast votes in 12 minutes.
Both camps are anxiously looking forward to Sunday when Turkish citizens will cast their ballots and decide the future shape of the country.
Parliamentarians from three main political parties explain why they will vote "yes" or "no" in the upcoming referendum.
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