ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned today Germany from the time of Adolf Hitler as an example of effective presidential system, Turkish media quoted.
Erdogan wants to change the Turkish constitution to largely ceremonial title of president has become enforceable, or to introduce a Turkish version of the system that was in force in countries such as the US, France or Russia, Reuters reports.
Asked by reporters whether the executive presidential system possible while maintaining the unitary structure of the state, Erdogan said late on his return from Saudi Arabia said: “There are already examples of this in the world. You can see the example of Hitler’s Germany!”
“And after that there were examples in many other countries,” the Turkish president, quoted by the Turkish Dogan agency.
The ruling AKP party, which was founded by Erdogan, has devoted the most attention after winning the parliamentary elections in November constitutional changes.
Opposition parties agree on the need for changes in the constitution, which came into effect after the 1980 coup, but did not support the introduction of a presidential system which supports Erdogan, fearing that it might put too much power in the hands of an authoritarian leader.
(Global CIR / Agency)