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Turkey’s next election could shape more than next four years

Once Turks head to the polls in June 2015 for their next scheduled general election there will be no further local or general elections until 2019.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan throws flowers to his supporters upon arriving at the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AK Party (AKP) to choose a new leader of the party, ahead of Erdogan's inauguration as president, in Ankara August 27, 2014. Turkish president-elect Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday, and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.   REUTERS/Rasit Aydogan/Pool  (TURKEY - Tags: P

With the August presidential election and March local election already passed, the June 2015 general election will be Turkey's last until 2019. Coming when Turkey's political system is on the brink of profound change, that election could define much more than the next four years.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been proposing to change the parliamentary system into a presidential one. According to Article 175 of the constitution, the draft proposal to change the articles of the constitution can only be accepted by a three-fifths majority (330) of the total number of seats in the parliament by secret ballot. Then, the parliament speaker sends that approved draft to the president to be approved and published in the Official Gazette, making it the law of the land.

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