Turkey PM denies rift with Erdogan, calls for presidential system

A handout image made available by the Turkish Presidential Press Office on January 29, 2015, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shaking hands with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at Presidential Palace (AFP Photo/Kayhan Ozer)

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country’s Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea.

The statement comes after a major rift between Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the run up to the June 7 parliamentary election where the AKP will seek to change the constitution to give Erdogan’s office more executive powers.

“If the president was elected by a public vote, it would be correct for this system to switch to a presidential one,” Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with private Haberturk television late Friday.

“A presidential system is the right thing for Turkey,” he said…

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