World Bulletin / News Desk
Erdogan was asked about the draft for a new constitution, especially the provisions on the new shape of presidency at a press conference in Ankara Wednesday.
"When a president breaks off ties with the party [that brought him to power], it weakens political effectiveness and the active [political] structure,” he said.
He said there was “no doubt” that when the president works in tandem with his party, it makes “the party and the president strong and more determined steps get to be made in solidarity."
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are in talks over the draft of the new constitution.
On Tuesday, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli objected to certain expressions used to describe the presidency in the AK Party’s draft. Hinting at this, the president said: "It is not a problem for me if this [draft] uses 'presidential' or 'presidency'. “
Bahceli confirmed Tuesday he had received a new draft from AK Party, which would be discussed within his party and later in an inter-party commission. The aim was to submit an agreed draft to the parliament’s general assembly "as soon as possible," the MHP leader added.
The Turkish government wants to replace the parliamentary system with a presidential one, saying there are flaws in the current system that holds back Turkey’s development.