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Turkey’s PM Yıldırım: ‘Presidential system is my project’

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BİRGÜN DAİLY

Second round of parliamentary sessions on the proposal for a new constitution in Turkey was started yesterday (January 18).

Mostly referred to as the ‘presidential system package’, the amendments proposed by Turkey’s ruling party AKP and backed by MHP are aimed at enhancing the power of the president and his/her influence over the legislative and judiciary branches while also either completely eliminating or weakening the checks and balances between the branches of the government.

Talking at his party’s meeting before the start of the second round of talks on these amendments, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned against the impact of assertions on possibility of early elections on the economy and said these assertions were being made by the opposition groups.

Also speaking to a private TV channel recently, Yıldırım said the following: “We are in very good terms with the President. However, if two people with strong egos were to come up front in the future, this two-headed system would create problems. The whole country would end up in stagnation because of having two heads. Now, we are eliminating this two-headed system. Presidential system is my project. I have worked on it for a long time in quietly and diligently. I want to succeed in this.”