Opposition political parties in Turkey have said that they will end the powers of the president if they come to power in the May 14 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The six-party coalition against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also agreed on Monday to choose a joint candidate for the February 13 presidential election, according to French news agency AFP.
The opposition’s election program includes removing many of the powers granted to the president by Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his two decades in power. The opposition wants to limit the president’s term to seven years and bring in a new powerful prime minister who will be accountable to parliament.
“We will move towards a strong parliamentary system,” the program said. We will cancel the decree issued by the President.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected as Prime Minister in 2003 and later became President, a showpiece position at the time. He amended the constitution in 2017 under which he was empowered to issue decrees.
Amendment of the constitution requires 400 out of 600 votes of Parliament. If the opposition gets 360 votes, a referendum can be held.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost his majority in his second decade in power and now has the support of a far-right party. According to the survey, the competition in this election is expected to be tough.
The opposition has demanded immediate amendment of the constitution and freedom of assembly and expression of opinion.
According to the election program of the opposition, ‘We will strengthen the freedom of opinion, expression and thought.’