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Erdoğan’s top adviser: We can try the new system for 3-5 years, if it doesn’t work we can change it!

President’s Top Advisor, Prof. Dr. Şükrü Karatepe, known as one of the architects of the ‘presidential government system’, have made evaluations about constitutional changes on a TV show that he attended previous day. Karatepe stating that they will see how the system works easier in practice, and said, “We practice this 3 or 5 years and if we see that it doesn’t work, then parliament convenes and changes it again.”

“If it doesn’t work, we change it”

On change proposal that will take parliament’s power away to make a budget, he said that they look out for balance-supervision essential and with new proposal, they decrease both president’s resist power and the parliament’s resist power against the president. Karatepe stating that they will see how the system works easier in practice, and said, “We practice this 3 or 5 years and if we see that it doesn’t work, then parliament convenes and changes it again.” When Ahmet Hakan asked, “Is this a trial-and-error board?” he replied, “In conclusion, we are heading to a new system that we don’t know.” And when Hakan asked “So, aren’t there any risks?” he replied:

“There is a risk in everything. Even there is risk in bringing this kind of system into question by a political leader. Yes, there is a risk but also it has a fun side. This is such a risk that you take your chances. You coming with the thing that it is not known and it had only 25% support in public opinion research in last year we had. And you bringing into question. Risk is always there. Joy is in there.”

“We gave some privileges to President”

On the show, another discussion was about the criticism over the President being without any control on him. “Written questions can not asked to President. So we gave this privilege to President. He is a president at the end. We gave other privileges to President as well,” Karatepe said.

 

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