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Ankara—Stability can become “permanent” if Turkey adopts a presidential system, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday in Istanbul.“Stability in Turkey needs to be maintained. Stability will continue. Turkey will continue to grow. How? With the presidency,” Yildirim told a ceremony in Istanbul breaking ground for new buildings for the Istanbul International Finance Center, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, and Capital Markets Board. “We (ruling) Justice and Development (AK) Party] say ‘presidency.’ We say, ‘A presidency (system) is needed for Turkey’,” he added.
He said a presidential system is needed for lasting stability, continued development, growth, strong government, national unity, and brotherhood.
Yildirim called on other political parties to help draw up a new constitution.
“If you suggest another model besides the presidency, let’s ask the people about both,” Yildirim said, suggesting a referendum.
Constitutional change, in particular the call for a presidential system, has been on the political agenda since Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former prime minister and AK Party leader, was elected Turkey’s president in August 2014.