ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed on Thursday the importance of amending the constitution, in a bid to get more powerful presidency, saying his desire for the amendment has nothing to do with personal ambitions.
The suggested amendments include giving an absolute power to the president and his prime minister.
In a speech to civil society groups in Ankara, Erdogan emphasized that a head of state elected by the people “must have more than a symbolic role”.
The Turkish president said that his desire to amend the constitution is aimed at changing the parliamentary system, which he considered “out of date”, adding that the president and prime minister are currently in an unsustainable situation.
Stressing that he was elected by the people, Erdogan said the people should ultimately decide the text of the constitution, not the parliament.
He added that Turkey is struggling against separatist parties, in reference to the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Erdogan said that the Turkish state should defend the unity of its territory against any attempt by separatists.
This comes a few weeks after the HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş suggested the establishment of an auto-administration in the Kurdish southeast as a solution to the Kurdish issue in Turkey.
Erdogan threatened to confront the Kurdish ambition with an iron fist as long as he is the president.
Reporting by: Partizan Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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