Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said Turkey will have a “de facto semi-presidential system” in 2014 when the country's president will, for the first time, be elected by popular vote.
“The election of the president by the nation will mean a semi-presidential system. So it is crystal clear that Turkey will keep advancing on its path as a different Turkey after the presidential election of 2014 since there will be, for the first time, a president who is elected by the vote of the people. And a de facto semi-presidential system will naturally become a reality due to the [broad] authorities of the president as granted by the Constitution,” Bozdağ said in an interview with the Anatolia news agency on Thursday.
The incumbent President Abdullah Gül's term in office expires in 2014, and Turkey will for the first time elect its new president by public vote after a constitutional amendment approved in 2007 that allows voters -- rather than Parliament -- to elect the president.
The adoption of a presidential system has been a common source of debate in Turkey. The government frequently brings the issue to public attention, and many have speculated that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hopes to become Turkey's next president.
The president is elected every five years by public vote in Turkey.