President says presidential switch issue should be ‘seriously’ analyzed

President says presidential switch issue should be ‘seriously’ analyzed

President Abdullah Gül. (Photo: AA)

May 11, 2012, Friday/ 12:05:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

In his first comments on a recently revived debate on Turkey's possible switch to a presidential system, President Abdullah Gül has said the issue can be discussed, but should be seriously analyzed.

Gül said in response to questions from reporters while visiting the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa on Friday that the issue is nothing new as it was previously brought to the country's attention. Noting that the issue can, of course, be discussed, he said, however, the pros and cons of a possible switch should be seriously analyzed.

The debate on a possible switch to the presidential system was revived earlier this week when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, known to be in favor of such as system, said Turkey can discuss the issue while drafting its new constitution. Council of State President Hüseyin Karakullukçu also signaled his support on Thursday, saying the council considers the presidential system to be a more democratic system.

Turkey's political system is based on the separation of powers. The executive power is exercised by the government and legislative power is vested in Parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

Currently, the president is elected every five years by public vote in Turkey. Executive power rests with the prime minister and the cabinet.

The adoption of a presidential system has been a common source of debate in Turkey. Erdoğan, who is a supporter of a presidential system, frequently brings the issue to the public's attention and many have speculated that he hopes to become Turkey's first president under the new system.





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