Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses for more presidential powers
Erdogan pushes for system change a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced resignation
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing for a rapid switch to a presidential system, saying it will make Turkey stronger and more stable.
Erdogan was speaking on Friday a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he is stepping down amid a rift with the president over a range of issues, including a presidential system. Critics fear that would concentrate too much power in Erdogan's hands.
Davutoglu, who was less than enthusiastic toward a presidential system, is widely expected to be replaced by someone who is more willing to push it forward.
In a speech broadcast live on television, Erdogan said that a new constitution and presidential system were urgent
requirements, not his personal agenda.
With files from Reuters