Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 20/01/2018 23:49 
17.02.2017 18:43 News >> Charter Changes Are For The Nation, Not Myself: Erdogan

Charter Changes Are For The Nation, Not Myself: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he has supported a presidential system for Turkey for decades, not for his own interests but for the well-being of the Turkish people.

"I am not such a low person as to want this system just for myself, [and] I do not have enough energy to fight so much just for myself," he said in the southern Kahramanmaras province, kicking off the Yes campaign for an April 16 referendum on constitutional changes, including the shift to a presidential system.

The campaign for April's constitutional referendum was declared open by the Supreme Board of Elections on Thursday, meaning political parties are officially allowed to campaign on the proposed changes. The referendum will ask voters to vote Yes or No to an 18-article bill.

Erdogan reiterated his criticism of the No campaigners, saying, "They are not against the system, they are actually against the Turkish people."

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) plans to start its No campaign with a media blitz on Monday and rallies in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.

Saying that he has supported a presidential system since 1994-1998, when he was mayor of the Istanbul megalopolis -- where some one-fifth of Turkey's population lives -- the president said the constitutional changes would accelerate growth in many areas.

"The presidential system is my personal project. I have insisted on this reform since I was mayor. I have fought for it and I am [still] fighting for it because I believe that this system would benefit the country and nation like other projects [we have done]," he said.

Proposed changes

Turkish nationals overseas will be able to vote in the referendum between March 27 and April 9 at polling stations in embassies and consulates as well as at Turkish ports and airports. These votes will be tallied in Turkey on referendum night.

The political parties can campaign until 6 p.m. on April 15.

Constitutional reform has been under discussion officially since then-Prime Minister Erdogan was elected president in August 2014.

The bill of constitutional changes was passed by parliament in January, with 339 votes in favor -- nine more than needed to put the proposals to a referendum.

The proposals would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president and abolish the post of prime minister. The president would also be allowed to retain ties to a political party.

Other changes would see the minimum age for parliamentary candidates reduced to 18 and the number of deputies rise to 600. Under the new constitution, simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections for a five-year term would be held in November 2019. -



        Latest News
2 Houses İn Turkey Hit By Pyd/Pkk's Harassing Fire 9 minutes ago...
Houses were hit by anti aircraft bullets in southern Kilis’ province.
Turkey's Parliament Speaker Hails Afrin Operation 24 minutes ago...
Ismail Kahraman says terror groups are only target of 'Operation Olive Branch'
Abducted Foreigners İn Northwest Nigeria 'Rescued' 38 minutes ago...
2 American, 2 Canadian citizens were abducted in Kaduna state on Wednesday.
Turkey İnforms Uk, France, China On Afrin Operation 39 minutes ago...
Ambassadors of Britain, France and China to Ankara were called to Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Special Prayers To Be Offered For Turkish Military -6 minutes ago...
90,000 Turkish mosques to offer prayers for the victory of Turkish military in Syria’s Afrin.

 
      Top News
Turkey Sends Note To Syrian Consulate About Operation Turkey Sends Note To Syrian Consulate About Operation
Turkey To Not Allow Terrorist Groups Along Borders: Pm Turkey To Not Allow Terrorist Groups Along Borders: Pm
Purging Pyd/Pkk From Syria To Help Entire Middle East Purging Pyd/Pkk From Syria To Help Entire Middle East
Update - 15 Syrian Refugees Frozen To Death İn Lebanon Update - 15 Syrian Refugees Frozen To Death İn Lebanon
Basketball: Moscow Club Continues Lead İn Turkish Derby Basketball: Moscow Club Continues Lead İn Turkish Derby
Turkey Helps Evacuate 700 Patients From E. Ghouta Turkey Helps Evacuate 700 Patients From E. Ghouta
Thousands Enjoy Eastern Express Overnight Train To Kars Thousands Enjoy Eastern Express Overnight Train To Kars
New Project To Promote Turkish Folk Music İn Japan New Project To Promote Turkish Folk Music İn Japan
Turkmenistan Declares 2018 As Silk Road Year Turkmenistan Declares 2018 As Silk Road Year
Un Express Concern At Besieged Eastern Ghouta, Idlib Un Express Concern At Besieged Eastern Ghouta, Idlib