Turkish parliament approved on Monday the first, second, third and fourth articles of a constitutional amendment package regarding general and presidential elections.
368 MPs voted 'yes', one 'no', and one vote has been nullified in a secret ballot for the first article which allows for holding general elections every four years instead of five.
The bill would also allow the election of the president by popular vote, lowering presidential term to five years, allowing for another five-year term.
The amendment was vetoed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer last week.
Meanwhile, Yilmaz Kaya, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said that the ongoing parliamentary debate on the amendment bill "has transformed into a campaign against the president."
Mevlüt Akgün, Justice & Development (AK) Party MP from Karaman told the General Assembly that President Sezer's justifications for vetoing the amendment were "political rather than legal."
Second article of a constitutional amendment package regarding general and presidential elections was adopted. 361 MPs voted 'yes', one 'no', one 'abstainer' and two votes were nullified in a secret ballot for the second article.
The second article allows for "incorporating procedures and basics regarding the presidential election to the duties and responsibilities of Higher Board of Election."
Parliament adopted the third and fourth articles of a constitutional amendment package. The fourth article, which allows for the popular election of the president for a 5+5 years term, was approved by 367 votes in favor and one against. Parliament also approved by 363 to 3 against the third article which sets a quorum of at least one third of total number of MPs as a requirement for parliamentary sessions.
Turkish parliament approved the 5th article of a constitutional amendment package which sets the presidential election process.
368 MPs voted 'yes', one 'abstained', and one vote was invalid in the secret balloting. A total of 370 MPs participated in the voting.
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