Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Aksaray, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill that would vastly strengthen the powers of his office and a referendum on the issue is likely on April 16, officials said Friday.A brief statement on the presidency website said the bill – that would enable the president to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top officials and dissolve Parliament – had been sent to the premier's office to be published and submitted to a referendum.
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