Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Wednesday for a new constitution that would give him greater powers, heightening opposition fears over authoritarian rule.The strongman of Turkish politics for more than a decade, Erdogan has long been pushing for a new constitution to transform his post into a powerful U.S.-style executive presidency.The ballots had barely been counted from Sunday's vote before the authorities moved against his rivals, charging two opposition journalists with plotting a coup over a critical magazine cover and rounding up dozens of people accused of aiding Erdogan's archfoe, a powerful U.S.-based preacher.Kalin insisted the planned changes were not just for the benefit of Erdogan, who became premier in 2003 and then Turkey's first directly elected president in 2014 . The country of 78 million people is still ruled under a 1980 charter drawn up by the military after a coup and many say a change is long overdue.
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