World Bulletin/News Desk
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Monday that his party will not approve Turkey's switch to a presidential system, this being an issue during the preparation of the country's new constitution.
Kılıçdaroğlu, speaking in the western province of Burdur, said while a parliamentary commission was continuing with the work on the new constitution, the issue of a switch to a presidential system was brought to the nation's agenda.
He said the CHP will support any moves that will promote democracy, freedom, judicial independence but not the switch to a presidential system.
Last year, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government submitted a proposal to the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission to switch to a presidential system.
Opposition parties are against the move and say the presidential system will not solve the problems with which Turkey is confronted. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is said to aspire to become Turkey's first president under the presidential system in 2014.
Kılıçdaroğlu said Turkey has a 150-year-long tradition of a parliamentary system, although this system has some shortcomings.
He said, like many people, he is also against a selection of candidates for Parliament by party leaders and thinks that deputies should be elected directly by the people.
“You are given three or five names to elect. They [parties] say you can vote for any of them. You vote. This is not democracy. In democracies, people elect their representatives with their own will,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2013, 09:59