World Briefs: Erdogan calls for new Constitution

Erdogan calls for new Constitution

ANKARA • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called yesterday for a new Constitution after his ruling Justice and Development Party's weekend election triumph.

For more than a decade, he has been pushing for a new Constitution to replace a military-drafted charter and expand the powers of the presidency.


Romanian PM quits over nightclub fire

BUCHAREST • Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced his resignation yesterday over a nightclub blaze that killed 32 people, a day after over 20,000 rallied in Bucharest to demand that he quit.

Mr Ponta, 43 and in office since 2012, had been struggling to contain anger over last Friday's tragedy.


Life expectancy over 80 yrs in rich nations

PARIS • Rich countries have gained more than 10 years in life expectancy on average since 1970, with the average life span reaching 80.5 years in 2013, a study released by the OECD said.

Japan - at 83.4 years - along with Switzerland and Spain topped the charts, according to the annual overview of health metrics released yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Erdogan calls for new Constitution'. Print Edition | Subscribe