PM calls for presidential system based on separation of powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for reforms and the creation of a new constitution in the next four years, steps that would move the country closer to the executive presidency he has long sought.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) founded by Erdogan swept back to single-party rule at a snap election on Nov. 1, taking 317 of the 550 seats in parliament, just shy of the 330 seats required to hold a referendum on changing the constitution.
Erdogan argues that Turkey needs an executive presidency similar to that of the United States or Russia, while his critics fear that will consolidate more power in the hands of an authoritarian leader who brooks little dissent.
andquotThe Nov. 1 election ushered in four years of stability and confidence. Letand’s make this period a time of reforms, prioritising a new constitution,andquot Erdogan said at a commemoration ceremony for Turkeyand’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatandurk.
The comments were later echoed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu, who said the country would embark on a major reform process in the next six months and would carry out economic, social and judicial reforms, without giving further details.
Davutoilu also said that the new constitution must ensure freedoms and be based on the separation of powers. The current system creates tensions between the president and the prime minister, he said.


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