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Turkish Parliament Debates Measures to Extend Erdogan Rule to 2029

HeadlinesJan 10, 2017
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In Turkey, the Parliament has voted to continue debate on controversial measures that would rewrite Turkey’s constitution and permit President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to remain in office until 2029. Erdogan has been president since 2014. Before that, he was prime minister from 2003 to 2014. The Turkish Parliament vote comes amid a massive crackdown in Turkey following this summer’s failed military coup. On Friday, Turkey fired another 6,000 public workers, including academics. A total of 120,000 people have been suspended or fired, and 40,000 jailed, over the last six months in Turkey.

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