Turkish PM says switch to presidential system not prerequisite for party

“They [opposition parties] keep saying, ‘Give up the presidential system.' What would happen if we give it up? This is not a sine qua non for us,” Erdoğan said.

Turkish PM says switch to presidential system not prerequisite for party

World Bulletin/News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that a switch to a presidential system that was proposed by his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission last year is not a sine qua non for his party.

Speaking at an iftar dinner organized by the İstanbul provincial branch of the AK Party at the Haliç Congress Center on Sunday, Erdoğan made statements about the ongoing work to draft a new constitution.

“They [opposition parties] keep saying, ‘Give up the presidential system.' What would happen if we give it up? This is not a sine qua non for us,” Erdoğan said.

The prime minister said that just as the opposition parties are free to say that they have red lines, his party is also free to make a proposal to the commission that is working to draft the new text for it to be discussed.

“Those guys get disturbed when we make a proposal about a switch to a presidential system that has legitimacy in the world and is being practiced in more than 100 countries. They say if Tayyip Erdoğan is making this proposal, then it is wrong, but when somebody from among them makes a proposal, it is right. Pardon me, but what the nation says is right,” he said.

Opposition parties -- the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) -- are against the change to a presidential system and accuse the AK Party government of creating a deadlock in the work of the parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission with its proposal.

The adoption of a presidential system has been a recurrent point of debate in Turkey with Erdoğan, who supports a presidential system, frequently bringing the issue to the public's attention over the past several years.

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