Turkish opposition promises return to parliamentary democracy

Leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey have pledged to bring back parliamentary democracy that would do away with the executive presidential system introduced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey — Leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey pledged on Monday to restore parliamentary democracy and abandon the executive presidential system that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced three years ago.

Erdogan, who has been in office since 2003 – first as prime minister and as president since 2014 – ushered in a presidential system in 2018 that abolished the post of prime minister and concentrated most power in the hands of the president. President. The president’s office had been a largely ceremonial position until then.

The statement was signed by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party; Meral Aksener of the nationalist Good Party; Temel Karamollaoglu of the conservative Felicity party; Gultekin Uysal of the Democratic Party; Ali Babacan of the Democracy and Progress Party; and Ahmet Davutoglu of the Future Party.

Davutoglu and Babacan were co-founders of Erdogan’s ruling party and held leadership positions before breaking away from the movement to criticize Erdogan’s policies.

Turkey’s second largest opposition party, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, was excluded from the statement. The government accuses the party of links with outlaw Kurdish activists and many of its members, including its former leaders, have been imprisoned. Erdogan has in the past accused the Republican People’s Party of siding with “terrorists”.

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