Türkeş and the presidential system

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) founder Alparslan Türkeş used to argue that »»

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) founder Alparslan Türkeş used to argue that the Republican Senates [founded after the 1960 military coup] should be abolished and that only Parliament should exist.

Then, former President Turgut Özal put forward the idea of switching to a presidential system. The reason I say this is to show that because the systems we have in place now mostly do not function well and, even when they do, a military coup can ruin everything, political figures will always suggest a change in the system according to the times and circumstances. In the same vein, I interpret today’s discussions on the adoption of a presidential system as efforts to seek a better system, which is largely thought to be the presidential system considering today’s circumstances. However, I think that instead of throwing a 100-year-old system away, we should discuss ways to improve the parliamentary system. According to my political philosophy, improving the current system should come before wholly changing it.

2012-05-17

Turkish Press Review