Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey should openly discuss the introduction of a new constitution and a presidential system for a better future for the country.
"So far, we have been governed under imported foreign policies, but now we should turn back to our national essence with this constitution," Erdogan said speaking at a meeting of Turkey's Constitution Platform, with respect to the efforts to create a new charter.
Erdogan also drew attention to the importance of the fact that the new constitution should represent every aspect of the society.
"We should succeed in being able to form a Turkish model constitution which essentially adopts the motto that ‘Let the people live so the country could live’," he said.
Turkey’s present 1982 constitution came into effect after the army overthrew the elected government with a military coup on September 12, 1980.
Erdogan also emphasised the necessity of the presidential system as a new governing model, saying, "Within the construction process of a brand new Turkey, we believe that the country needs the introduction of a presidential system along with a new constitution."
The president said the demand for a presidential system should not be seen as a matter of his personal preference but as a matter of necessity for the country.
Erdogan, who became the first publicly elected Turkish president on August 10, 2014, said the head of state should have more than a symbolic role.
"Our people should have the final say on the introduction of a presidential system in Turkey," he added.
Erdogan also called on political parties and civil society groups to take part in forging a new constitution and said that the separation of powers would be one of the main points of discussion.