'Yes' vote to carry Turkish democracy further

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April’s approaching referendum aims to create a “Turkish-type” presidential system to carry the already-democratic and prosperous country a step further, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. reports that a “local and national presidency” would be within the framework of Turkish Republic's founding principles from 1923, Erdogan said during an engagement in Turkey's Aegean Denizli province.

"We have reached this day with democracy and we will continue to move on with democracy," he added.

According to Erdogan, the next presidential election will be in November 2019 if the April 16 referendum on sweeping constitutional changes is passed.

"If my [Justice and Development (AK)] party nominates me as the next president, then we'll proceed together. If they choose someone else, that person will rule the country," Erdogan said.

He accused past coalition governments of fostering instability, saying the reforms offered in the coming referendum aimed to ensure Turkey's political system stays stable and secure.

Reacting to criticism from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Erdogan said Turkey in the last 15 years under the leadership of the AK Party had developed more than ever without any coalitions.

Erdogan said Turkey's economic growth during periods of single-party rule was approximately six percent, whereas the rate was only four while being administered by coalition governments.

According to Erdogan, if the political instability in Turkey since 1991 had never taken place, Turkey’s per capita income would now have been double its current $11,000.

2017.03.24 / 22:19
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