Transition to the Semi Presidential and Party Member President Model is Easier

Transition to the Semi Presidential and Party Member President Model is Easier

Read and see remarks of Mr. Burhan Kuzu, Chairman of the Constitution Commission of the Parliament regarding “New Constitution and the Presidential System”, which we consider as the burning issues on the agenda:

“Let us finish this work at once, since it is easier to move to the semi presidential and party member president model. For this system it is not essential to make big changes in the constitution. It might possible to convince the opposition for such a change. Since the President will be elected by the public in 2014, half of this task would be then completed. The current constitution says “the President’s link to a party is cut”. If we extract this item, the problem will be solved”.
Ankara (Non Governmental Initiative) – Chairman of the Constitution Commission of the Parliament Burhan Kuzu believes that the “semi presidential and party member president model” is more suitable for Turkey.
Mr. Kuzu notes that they have suggested a model with three alternatives to facilitate reconciliation and added: “There are three systems in the world. The parliamentarian system, as in England; the presidential system is in the US, and the semi presidential system as in France. There are also derivatives of these systems. For instance in the Balkans we see presidents elected by the public and are still members of political parties. We see the same model in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Philippines, Australia, Ireland and Iceland” .
Kuzu suggests the presidential model for Turkey and said; “Let us finish this work at once, since it is easier to move to the semi presidential and party member president model. For this system it is not essential to make big changes in the constitution. It might possible to convince the opposition for such a change. Since the President will be elected by the public in 2014, half of this task would be then completed. The current constitution says “the President’s link to a party is cut”. If we extract this item, the problem will be solved”.
Mr. Kuzu stated that the Reconciliation Commission of the Parliament is writing the “Basic Freedoms” section of the new constitution and it would be possible to discuss the issue when the title “separation of powers” is to be written.
Mr. Kuzu emphasized PM Erdoğan’s sensitivity to complete the writing of a new constitution until the end of 2012 and finalized his words saying:
“The Prime Minister wants results, rather than being harsh on this issue. Looking at the constitutions in the world, we see that there are around 8402 constitutions written since 1789. Among these we see the Japan constitution written in 16-17 days; but we also see others written in 17 years. The average duration is 1-1.5 years. We need to finalize this issue before entering the local elections process. Otherwise it would be very difficult”.