Chaired by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, the AK Party's Central Executive Board meeting held on Monday lasted approximately six hours. The presidential system was the focus of the meeting and by the end; preference seemed to veer towards the semi-presidential system.
Monday's meeting began with a review of the recent public survey results. A discussion went on for three hours on the results which showed AK Party having 52.4 percent, CHP 24 percent and MHP 11 percent of the vote.
The meeting then went on to evaluate both the presidential and semi-presidential system. While AK Party administrators shared their views they also managed to determine a potential roadmap
Accordingly, the plan is that during the constitution drafting process, the AK Party will relay the option to the Conciliation Commission as well as present it to the public for debate. The issue will not be put forth as a mandatory condition. If the opposition opposes switching to a presidential system, then the option will be shelved temporarily
During the meeting, AK Party members did reach a consensus that either the presidential system or semi-presidential system would be compatible with Turk's administrative structure. As the debates ensued, the arrow began to point in favor of instilling a semi-presidential system in Turkey.
According to AK Party Staff: "At this stage, the nation may not be ready for a presidential system. When we switch to this system a number of new establishments may also be brought on. Because these are new to Turkey, it might lead to a challenging process. Therefore, if we first start with the semi-presidential system, then it could be an easier transition."
A number of AK Party administrators expressed that if a presidential system is brought on, then it should be done so within a unitary structure. They went on to state that a state system similar to the one present in the United States would not be appropriate for Turkey's current position.
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