Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that establishment of a presidential system in Turkey is essential for its progress in terms of democracy and development during a meeting with local administrators at the presidential complex in Ankara on Wednesday.
"Many countries which are governed by a presidential system are far ahead of others in their regions in terms of both democracy and development. What matters here is to rightly correlate the country's needs and its governing model." Erdogan said.
"Accordingly, Turkey has a need to determine its governance system in accordance with its own needs." the president said.
Erdogan has repeatedly proposed a change to the constitution of Turkey to introduce a presidential system in the country since parliamentary elections in 2015.
On Wednesday, the president said that Turkey needed a new beginning and a fresh system of governance despite opposing voices.
"Whoever turns his back on this reality has taken his place on the dusted shelves of history." he said.
With respect to the talks on a new constitution, Erdogan said he believed a faster and more sincere process of discussion on a new constitution would take place after political parties agree to give their own suggestions on the issue.
"One of the issues which should be focused and discussed within the constitutional efforts is the presidential system." Erdogan added.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been holding talks with opposition parties for drafting a new constitution to take the place of the current one which came into effect after a military coup in 1980.