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Erdogan preparing Turkey for presidential form of gov’t

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Date: 14 December 2015 15:37

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 14

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Two referenda can be held in Turkey - one on the adoption of a new constitution, and the second one regarding the transition to a presidential system, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with the Turkish Haberturk newspaper.

He believes adoption of the new constitution and transition to a presidential form of government are currently the most important issues for Turkey.

Turkey’s priority is the adoption of a new constitution, which will correspond to the interests of the country, a source in Turkish presidential administration told Trend earlier. The source said that adoption of a new constitution is very important for Turkey, as the current one doesn’t correspond to the interests of citizens and the state.

The source also said that it is necessary, first of all, that the new constitution gets vote of the Turkish parliament.

“If the parliament isn’t able to adopt a new constitution through a voting, there will be a national referendum,” the source added.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said that parliamentary system of government in Turkey does not meet the interests of the state.

Turkey’s opposition has always objected adoption of a new constitution, since they believe that it is a step towards switching from the parliamentary to presidential form of governance.

The country’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the leaders of the oppositional Republican People's Party and Nationalist Movement Party in late October 2011, urging them to take part in the talks on working out the new constitution.

The Justice and Development Party garnered 49.41 percent of votes in the parliamentary election held in Turkey Nov. 1.

Republican People's Party (CHP) gathered 25.38 percent of votes, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) – 11.93 percent, Democratic People's Party (HDP) – 10.7 percent.

The remaining political parties garnered 2.58 percent of votes.

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