“Turkey may go to polls to decide on presidential system”

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin says possible change to country’s system of governance may come through referendum

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Ibrahim Kalin speaks at a press conference on Nov. 4, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday that a possible change to the country’s system of governance may come by through a referendum.

Kalin told reporters in Ankara that the discussion about bringing a presidential system in Turkey will not be held without including the people. “If its mechanism is a referendum, then a referendum will be held,” he said.

Also, the spokesman said that some arrangements about the presidential system could also be done through the Turkish parliament, but he underlined that this issue would be “concluded in discussions and after consultations with our nation, by taking their views and convictions”.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in his post-election victory speech Sunday night that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will pursue constitutional changes to enhance the role of the president.

“It is obvious that the current system does not meet Turkey’s needs. This shirt is too tight for this country,” Davutoglu said.

The AK Party has sought to turn Turkey from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential system since the party co-founder and former Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became president on August 10, 2014.

Although it regained its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s election, AK Party appears to be 13 seats short of the number (330) needed to push through a referendum on constitutional reform.