Government proposes American-based presidential system model

Published 07.11.2012 14:29
Updated 07.11.2012 14:33

The AK Party has submitted their proposal for a switch to a presidential system to the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission. The proposal, presented to the Parliament Speaker’s office, is based on an American presidential system model.

This week, the parliament's Constitution Reconciliation Commission will be handling the issue of legislation for the new charter reform. All assembly parties will be presenting their proposed legislative models to the commission this week. While the AK Party supports a presidential system, the CHP proposes a reinforced parliamentary system and BDP is in a support of a federal system.

The AK Party's proposal involves a single assembly presidential system. The president would be elected for five years and if desired could run for two terms. The president will be able to be from a party, but will not be a parliamentarian. Ministers will not be required to be deputies, they may be appointed from outside and will not be responsible to the parliament. The president will have the authority to remove ministers from duty, while the Council of State's authority will be given to a commission in parliament.

AUTHORITY TO RESIGN THE ASSEMBLY

The model proposed by the AK Party includes the presidential authority to dismiss the Assembly if need be and to stage an early election.

To the same end, the Assembly will also retain the right under certain conditions to dismiss the president. There will no longer be variant parties in the government as the cabinet will consist of appointed ministers. This process in itself will eradicate coalition governments. An electoral threshold was not included in the proposal.

This is a translation of an article originally written by Uğur Becerikli and Evrin Güvendik.

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