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Turkish parliament has backed a plan to strengthen the powers of the presidency.

The plan also paved the way for a referendum on the issue which, if passed, could allow President Tayyip Erdogan to stay in office until 2029.

The constitutional reform bill was approved with 339 votes in the 550-member assembly

Meanwhile, President Erdogan says the reform will provide stability in the European Union candidate country at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past.

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