President Erdogan asks crowd to vote for presidential system

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked people to vote to switch to presidential system in general elections which will take place on June 7.

Addressing to the crowd during an opening ceremony in Istanbul’s Sultangazi district, Erdogan said “June 7 is very important. There will be an election on June 7. Old Turkey? New Turkey? Yes to new constitution? Yes to presidential system?”.

Erdogan advocates a presidential system that will give strong powers to the president, and has asked his supporters to vote to elect at least 400 Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies to the 550-seat Parliament in the June 7 parliamentary elections. Such a majority would enable the introduction of a presidential system through an amendment to the Constitution.

Erdogan also criticized execution decision for Egypt’s ousted leader, Mohammed Morsi in his speech. He slammed western nations saying that they did not speak out against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Morsi, or against death sentences being handed down to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

“I have just heard. The popularly elected president of Egypt, chosen with 52 percent of the vote, has unfortunately been sentenced to death. There is an interesting fact in this. Look, Egypt is turning back into ancient Egypt,” said Erdogan.

Pointing out the execution decision against Morsi, Erdogan told crowd that it is the nation who will shape such occurrences. “That is why your stance is very important,” added Erdogan.