The General Assembly of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) has passed the third, fourth and fifth articles of the Constitutional Amendment Draft.
The third article of the draft regulates an amendment in Article 76 of the Constitution and lowers the minumum age required to be a deputy from 25 to 18 and changes the expression "those who have not yet completed their military service" to those who still are potentially engaged in military service".
The General assembly passed the third article with 341 affirmative, 139 no, three blank and two invalid votes.
The fourth article of the amendment draft requires that the parliamentary and presidential elections be held every five years on the same day.
The Parliament has passed the article with 343 yes, 139 no, two blank and two invalid votes.
The fifth article of the amendment draft lifts the power of the parliament to monitor the cabinet and the ministers and to entitle the cabinet to issue statutory decrees.
The Parliament passed the article with 343 yes votes. Besides the outbreak of a discussion and fighting during the voting, Republican People's Party (CHP) has boycotted the voting. (HK/DG)
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