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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  • Alain

    Turkey PM opts for self preservation and not losing his head.

    • Frau Katze

      It seems that way.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Who knows what private intrigues lie behind public statements?

  • bverwey

    Sounds like someone is not happy with the constraints of the office of president. Let’s change that slice of pie he has been dealt to something outside the current constitution to something that allows him more executive powers. Seems to me he’s been talking to Obumer way too much. I’ve got a phone and a pen kind of thing happening here.

  • Everyone Else

    Erdogan is jealous of Baghdadi and wants to be Caliph himself.