Turkey's government will soon submit proposals to parliament for constitutional changes to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The necessary constitutional changes offered by the AKP [Justice and Development Party] will be offered to parliament very soon,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a meeting of his party in parliament.
He said the changes were needed to “eliminate confusion from the system”.
The government indicated it would revive efforts to change the constitution last week when the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) indicated it would not oppose a national vote on the issue.
In pictures: Turkey coup attempt
In pictures: Turkey coup attempt
Turkish President Erdogan attends the funeral service for victims of the thwarted coup in Istanbul at Fatih mosque on July 17, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey
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Soldiers involved in the coup attempt surrender on Bosphorus bridge with their hands raised in Istanbul on 16 July, 2016
A civilian beats a soldier after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 16 July, 2016
Surrendered Turkish soldiers who were involved in the coup are beaten by a civilian
Soliders involved in the coup attempt surrender on Bosphorus bridge
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave flags as they capture a Turkish Army vehicle
People pose near a tank after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 16 July, 2016
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Brigde
A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul
Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square
Turkish soldiers detain police officers during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge
Turkish Army armoured personnel carriers in the main streets of Istanbul
Chaos reigned in Istanbul as tanks drove through the streets
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to media in the resort town of Marmaris
Supporters of President Erdogan celebrate in Ankara following the suppression of the attempted coup
Any constitutional change requires the support of at least 367 deputies in the 550-seat assembly to pass directly, and of 330 deputies to go to a referendum
Although the MHP is the fourth party in parliament by seats won, its support would be enough to allow the referendum to go ahead – even if it was opposed by the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
The AKP currently has 317, or 316 excluding speaker Ismail Kahraman.
HMP leader Devlet Bahceli, whose party controls 40 seats in parliament, firmly indicated he could back the referendum on Tuesday.
He said a “healthy” outcome could be achieved if the AKP submits a proposal to parliament that is “sensitive” to the concerns of the MHP.
Mr Erdogan, prime minister since 2003, was elected president in August 2014 – the first time the Turkish head of state was chosen by universal suffrage.
He has since transformed what had become a more ceremonial role and began concentrating powers in what opponents said is a violation of the existing constitutions.
Mr Erdogan ridiculed complaints changes to the constitution will make him a dictator, saying presidential systems exist in France and the United States.
Some opinion polls have shown the majority of Turks do not want an executive presidency and the secularist CHP and pro-Kurdish HDP both oppose the change.
However, following a wave of patriotism since the defeated 15 July coup attempt that has consolidated Mr Erdogan's power and popularity, the government appears happy to go to a referendum.
Following the successful suppression of the uprising, which killed 265 people, Mr Erdogan has purged the armed forces, police and civil servants of those he claimed have links to Fethullah Gulen, who Mr Erdogan accuses of being behind the plot.
Turkish police have so far arrested an estimated 32,000 people in connection with the coup attempt and a further 58,000 have been sacked.
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