Deputy PM:Turkey will continue with existing system

The Deputy PM Bulent Arinc has said that Turkey will continue with its existing parliamentary system.

Deputy PM:Turkey will continue with existing system

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will continue with its existing parliamentary system, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.

"[Election] results did not authorize us to prepare a new constitution. The other parties have not showed a demand for it, as well,” said Bulent Arinc during a televised interview with CNN Turk on Saturday.

His remarks come after Turkey's June 7 general election, when the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party came first in its fourth consecutive general election but lost its parliamentary majority.

Arinc also claimed that the election result was a success for his AK Party which won over 40 percent of the vote giving the party 258 seats in the Grand National Assembly.

He said everybody should accept the success of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which passed the 10 percent threshold with 13 percent of the votes to take 79 seats - the first time it will enter parliament as a party.

When asked whether the electorate had tried to teach the AK Party a lesson, Arinc said: 

"They warned us. They said: 'We are not happy about everything you do'. And in the democratic systems, you [parties] should look in the mirror."

Turkey is waiting for its four main political parties to find a way to forge a governing coalition.

Once the official election results are announced, the deputies of the 25th Grand National Assembly will be sworn in within five days.

Turkish constitution says the new government must be formed within 45 days following the appointment of the leader of the party with the most votes by the president.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2015, 15:21
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