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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Turkey high court allowed popular election of president
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On July 5, 2007, the Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled in favor of the constitutionality of proposed changes to the Turkish electoral system that would allow for the president to be elected by popular vote. Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had vetoed a constitutional amendment approved by the parliament which would have allowed a direct popular vote—prompting the parliament to pass the measure a second time. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) attempted to push the amendment to a national referendum in June 2007, but has not scheduled a popular vote since the election of Abdullah Gul on August 28, 2007.

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