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Turkey's Ruling Party Submits Controversial Reforms

Turkey's ruling AK Party has submitted to parliament a draft of constitutional changes, saying they would make it more democratic and strengthen the country's bid to join the European Union.

A parliamentary vote could come as early as next week, but there is a strong possibility of a referendum on the amendments this summer since there is no consensus to comfortably pass them.

Supporters of Turkey's secular system see the proposed changes as a direct challenge by the Islamic-leaning government.

compiled from agency reports