Dec 20 2017

Good Party leader makes election pledge to abolish presidential system

A Turkish nationalist opposition leader seen as a potential rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to overturn his plans for an executive presidency, AFP said.

Turkey voted by a narrow majority in an April referendum to approve Erdoğan’s proposals to change from a parliamentary democracy into a presidential system with fewer checks and balances on the president’s power. The changes will come into effect after the presidential election in 2019.

Meral Akşener split from the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in 2016 over its support for Erdoğan's bid to change Turkey’s constitution and established her Good Party in October.

"We have put the promise to bring it (a parliamentary system) back in our programme because this ... presidency, which has arisen in Turkey, is a strange outcome," AFP quoted Akşener as saying.

Akşener said her party members wanted her to run as the Good Party's presidential candidate in the 2019 polls, AFP said.

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