Turkish-style presidential system needed, Erdo?an repeats

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Unlike what many argue, establishing an authentic Turkish-style presidential system is both possible and necessary, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has stressed, underlining that presidential systems in different countries around the world vary in form.

?It is being said: ?A Turkish-type presidential system is not possible.? I am saying it loud and clear: It is possible, pure and simple. Why wouldn?t it be?? Erdo?an said on Feb. 27, delivering a speech to governors from all 81 provinces of the country at the presidential palace in Ankara.

?In America, there is a different presidential system; when you go just to its south, in Mexico, there is a different presidential system. When you go to Cuba, it is different; Argentina is different; Brazil is different; Russia is different; France has a semi-presidential system,? he added.

Erdo?an is Turkey?s first directly-elected president and has repeatedly vowed to wield more power than his predecessors, prompting critics to accuse him of unconstitutionally centralizing power in what they say is a de facto presidential system.

Earlier this week, he said he would host his second cabinet meeting as head of state on March 9, a further sign of his determination to keep a firm grip on power.

Previous heads of state have only chaired cabinet meetings in times of crises.

Erdo?an hopes a comprehensive victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which he led for longer than a decade, in the June general election, will open the way to constitutional reforms that could formally usher in a presidential system.

Speaking to the governors in Ankara, he used a metaphorical explanation in which he likened himself and his comrades to bees. ?With the skillfulness...

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