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Ankara bans public gatherings for one month

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Ankara, Jan 11: Authorities in the Turkish capital of Ankara announced banning public gatherings for a month starting on Tuesday, after a controversial vote on the constitutional change to presidential system.

“All gatherings and marches have been prohibited for one month due to security reasons,” Xinhua quoted a statement by the office of Ankara’s mayor as saying.

The statement comes a day after police dispersed a demonstration by Turkish opposition near the parliament in Ankara against the government’s efforts to give more powers to the president.

Earlier on Tuesday, the national parliament, Turkish Grand National Assembly passed a motion to launch the debate on a bill that seeks to introduce an executive presidency which grants President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wide-ranging powers.

IANS

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