Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the parliament should change the current constitiution to adapt the new administrative system of Turkey which was already changed virtually.
“Take it or leave it, the administrative system of Turkey virtually changed. Now the thing to be done is clarifying and confirming this virtual alteration in legal ground” he said in a meeting with delegates of Turkish NGOs in Turkey’s northern Rize Province.
The current constitution of Turkey was adopted in 1982, after a military coup.
Erdogan referred in his speech to the discussion launched by opposition parties over his political authority saying “The president of course performs his duty within the frame of his legal boundaries. He was tasked with a responsibility directly by the nation. Whoever tasked in this position, he or she should do this.”
The president had been elected by the parliament until a referandum for a constitutional change in 2010, after which the public - instead of deputies - started to vote for presidency. Erdogan became the first popularly elected Turkish president in 2014 winning the first presidential election since the constitutional change.
During the election campaigns for June 7 general election, the opposition parties harshly criticised Erdogan and accused him of being related with governing AK Party which was led by Erdogan for 12 years. Erdogan answered these accusations by saying “I never said that I’m neutral. I’ve taken the side of my nation!”
Following the election which was resulted with a loss of votes for AK Party, the discussion was reflected on coalition talks offering conditions over Erdogan’s authority.
On June 15, a week after the last general election, the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced 14 conditions including an article regarding with the intention of preventing him from giving political speeches.
The AK Party declared their one and only “red line” was the authority of the president and refused to become engaged in the ongoing debates over Erdogan’s role in Turkish politics and the Presidential Palace.
The Presidential Palace was opened in October after Erdogan became president. The palace has been criticised for its costs, especially by the CHP, which has accused it of being equipped with “golden toilets.”
The first Presidential Election was launched on Aug. 10, 2014, which Erdogan took 52 percent of the vote.