Turkey may hold referendum on presidential system

Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said a possible change to the country’s system of governance may come by through a referendum

Turkey may hold referendum on presidential system

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has said that a possible change to the country’s system of governance may come by through a referendum.

Kalin told reporters in Ankara Wednesday that the discussion about bringing a presidential system in Turkey will not be held without including the people. “If its mechanism is a referendum, then a referendum will be held,” he said.

Also, the spokesman said that some arrangements about the presidential system could also be done through the Turkish parliament, but he underlined that this issue would be “concluded in discussions and after consultations with our nation, by taking their views and convictions”.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in his post-election victory speech Sunday night that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will pursue constitutional changes to enhance the role of the president.

“It is obvious that the current system does not meet Turkey’s needs. This shirt is too tight for this country,” Davutoglu said.

The AKP has sought to turn Turkey from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential system since the party co-founder and former Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became president on August 10, 2014.

Although it regained its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s election, AKP appears to be 13 seats short of the number (330) needed to push through a referendum on constitutional reform. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Kasım 2015, 13:37
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