Erdoğan may discuss revision of Turkish presidential system with the opposition - spokesman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may meet the leaders of opposition parties to discuss possible revisions in the new presidential system after one year of implementation, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman said on Wednesday.

The presidential system was adopted in a referendum in 2017 and entered into force after the presidential and parliamentary elections last year. Since local polls on March 31, the AKP has been discussing possible revisions, including giving more powers to the parliament and revoking restrictions on ministers’ appointments.

“The presidential executive system was put into practice with the approval of our people. The system has been evaluated after one year,” Habertürk quoted spokesman Ömer Çelik as saying to reporters in Ankara.

Çelik accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of attempting to turn discussions on possible revisions into a legitimacy crisis. Levent Gök, the deputy head of the CHP’s parliamentary group, said early this month that his party supported returning to the parliamentary system, adding that Turkey had been witnessing the damage done by the presidential system since last year.

“If some parts of it are failing, of course, there will be interventions. If the opposition has some opinions, evaluations for strengthening the system, of course, everybody will welcome them. But we find the discussions so far unhealthy,” Çelik said. 

Erdoğan also talked about possible revisions to be made in the presidential system on Wednesday, while speaking to reporters on his way back from an official visit to Bosnia Herzegovina. 

The president said he would talk with his ally Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), for an evaluation of the system. “I do not know whether the others would be willing to make a similar evaluation