According to Erdinc Celikkan’s report in Hurriyet, following parliamentary approval of the constitutional changes which will be put to a vote in a referendum this spring, Erdogan will hold rallies in 40 cities, beginning in mid-February, starting with large cities.He will organize mass rallies in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Antalya, Konya, Gaziantep, Adana, Samsun, Erzurum, Canakkale, Kocaeli, Diyarbakir, Yozgat, and Van, and will also make television appearances.
At the rallies, Erdogan will argue the advantages of the new system and explain the problems of the existing system. He is expected to argue the thesis Erdogan and government officials have advocated for months, pointing to conflicts in a “dual” system with both a parliament and a popularly elected president. Advocates for the new “party presidency” system will use the slogan “The Regime will not change, but the system is changing”. Planning for the president’s rallies and campaigning process continues and details are expected shortly.
Erdogan answered critics who questioned the legality of his holding rallies during the referendum process: “There is nothing that bars us from being on the streets. There will be many events. We will evaluate the situation with our friends; right now I am on the streets. As President, we have an interest in the future being prepared for the presidency.”
In current Turkish constitution, Turkish Presidency is a bipartisan figure. There was no other Turkish president held election rallies. Erdogan held elections rallies before June 2015 elections despite fierce criticism.