January 25, 2017 / 9:22 AM / in a year

Turkey to announce date of constitutional referendum this week: PM Yildirim

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s high electoral board is expected to announce the date this week of a referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the powers of the presidency, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2SH3M

The referendum is likely to be held sometime between April 1 and April 20, Yildirim told a meeting of officials from the ruling AK Party.

“I believe the president will approve it this week and a concrete date will be set,” he said.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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