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Erdogan Hungry for More Power, Urges Turkey to Move to Presidential System

© AP Photo / Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, PoolTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey. - Sputnik International
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued on Thursday to call for a transition to the presidential system in the country.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — In a presidential system, a president heads both the state and the government.

Turkey has been a parliamentary democracy since the republic’s creation in 1923, electing the president and the prime minister.

"The existing system is an abnormality. It is incredibly difficult for a system to run these functions with a prime minister and president, both elected by the people," Erdogan told civil society representatives in Ankara, as cited by the Daily Sabah newspaper.

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Erdogan assured civil society activists that the transition was not a personal issue for him. He argued that an elected head of state must play more than merely a symbolic role in governing the country.

Turkish opposition has been accusing Erdogan, elected president in August 2014, of attempts to pave the way toward authoritarianism in Turkey.

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