US system too limiting for Turkey: President Erdoğan

Erdoğan at Ak Saray (White Palace)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is seeking a large majority for his former Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the upcoming general elections in order to secure a shift from the parliamentary to a presidential system, has said the example of the U.S. system is “too tight” for Turkey.

“They say the president wants to remove the system of checks and balances. Never! There is a two-house system in the U.S. But this is too protected. We want it to be one house,” Erdoğan said, addressing members of the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen at the presidential palace in Ankara on Feb. 4.

“As Turkey gets stronger, new needs emerge … The current administrative structure is too tight for Turkey. We have to move beyond this,” he added…

The US President has to settle for a mere White House. And then there are all those pesky checks and balances.