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Turkish parliament gives nod to early local elections
Turkish parliament gives nod to early local elections

The amendment was approved by 360 votes, just short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass without a second reading. It will be put to a referendum in 60 days

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's parliament has given initial approval to a constitutional amendment bringing local elections forward by six months.

The amendment was approved late on Friday by 360 votes, just short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass without a second reading. It will be put to a referendum in 60 days if President Abdullah Gul does not return it for a second debate.

The polls to elect local mayors and heads of municipalities were originally scheduled for March 2014 and are the first in an electoral cycle which includes a presidential election a few months later and general elections in 2015.

The date of local elections will be Oct. 27, 2013, if a referendum or second debate approves the amendment. 



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