Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to push ahead with his bid for a new constitution in the country that would give executive power to the presidency.
“There is a president with de facto power in the country, not a symbolic one. The president should conduct his duties for the nation directly, but within his authority. Whether one accepts it or not, Turkey’s administrative system has changed,” Erdogan said in the Black Sea province of Rize on Friday, AFP reported.
“Now, what should be done is to update this de facto situation in the legal framework of the constitution,” he added.
He also described the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a “symbol of honesty.”
High expectations, low resources
In order for such a constitutional change, the AKP will have to gain a majority in the parliament that could vote for an amendment. The Turkish party failed to maintain its majority in the parliamentary elections of June 7 and has been forced to seek an alliance with its rival, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
However, talks between the AKP and CHP aimed at agreeing on a coalition collapsed on Thursday, with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saying snap polls would now be the “only option.”
The two parties, which are known for an old and deep rivalry, are too far from one another on such major issues as the role of the president, foreign policy and education.
Davutoglu still faces a deadline of August 23 to agree to a coalition government, according to the Turkish constitution.