Erdogan voices support for presidential system in Turkey

Erdoğan said, the system would help get rid of the “multi-headed” structure in state administration.

Erdogan voices support for presidential system in Turkey


World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has voiced support for the adoption of a presidential system in Turkey, saying the system would help get rid of the "multi-headed" structure in state administration.

"I do not consider the presidential system a system that excludes Parliament. In the presidential system, it is not a must to do anything the president says. On the contrary, the presidential system has a bicameral legislature. A decision [legislation, etc.] needs to be approved by both the house of representatives and the senate," the prime minister stated. In response to what the "most attractive side" of the presidential system is, he said, "The system will help get rid of the multi-headedness in state administration."

The prime minister's remarks came on Wednesday during an official visit to Kyrgyzstan.

The adoption of a presidential system has been a source of heated debate in Turkey. Last April, Prime Minister Erdoğan dropped strong hints that his government may push for such a change following the 2011 general elections. "If the public grants us the right to make such a change in a new constitution, this issue may come to the agenda and be discussed," Erdoğan had said at the time.

Turkey's political system is based on a separation of powers. The executive power is exercised by the government. The legislative power is vested in both the government and Parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Currently, the president is elected every five years by public vote in Turkey. Executive power rests with the prime minister and the Cabinet.

The prime minister added that his government is in no hurry to adopt the presidential system.

In response to a question over ongoing debates about the presidential system, Erdoğan said: "I thought much about what society thinks [before bringing up the idea of the presidential system]. I believe debate will help improve society's views. What do our people think when one says 'advanced democracy'? They think about the US and Britain. And what's the system in the US? The presidential system. So why should Turkey not adopt the presidential system?".


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