Erdogan open to presidency system in Turkey in new term

Erdogan said the Presidency system could even be opened to discussion, if AK Party won another election.

Erdogan open to presidency system in Turkey in new term

 

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that they could make a new constitution should AK Party win another election.

Erdogan who attended a live program on ATV channel said "a new constitution" could be the theme of their election campaign in 2011.

He said the Presidency system could even be opened to discussion, if AK Party won another election.

Erdogan said a new constitution would be the expectation of Turkish people in the next elections.

Erdogan who said that the powers of the executive and legislative branches usurped during his first 6 years in office said another issue was the limiting of the powers of the president.

"Another issue is limiting the powers of the president. Will it be a symbolic presidency, or semi presidency like the current system? In the first years in office as Prime Minister we have faced many difficulties. Our powers were being usurped. Many things were approved in the parliament but they were blocked later on," said Erdogan.

He said high courts in Turkey were too strong adding that the imbalance between the elected and the appointed officials should be remedied.

"The supreme judiciary in Turkey is not obliged to give account to anyone. Such an approach does not exist anywhere in the world. We want to make a slow transition from this. With the current amendment this is not happening. But with steps to be taken after 2011 this transition should be made. Maybe transition to the Presidency system will come to the agenda then. If our nation gives authority to us with a completely new constitution once again, these can be discussed," said Erdogan.


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