The opposition political parties in Turkey have said that if they come to power after winning the May 14 presidential and parliamentary elections, they will end the powers of the president.
According to the French news agency AFP, the 6-party coalition against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also agreed on Monday that they will choose a joint candidate for the presidential election on February 13.
The opposition’s election program includes removing many of the powers granted to the president during the two decades of rule by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the opposition wants to limit the president’s term to 7 years and a new strongman. She wants to bring a prime minister who will be accountable to the parliament.
The opposition program further states that we will move towards a strong parliamentary system, we will end the power of the President to issue decrees.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected as prime minister in 2003 and later became president, a showpiece position at the time. In 2017, he amended the constitution giving him the power to issue decrees.
According to the report, 400 out of 600 votes of parliament are required to amend the Turkish constitution. If the opposition gets 360 votes, a referendum can be held.
The opposition has demanded immediate amendment of the constitution and freedom of assembly and expression of opinion.
In the election program of the opposition, it is also said that we will strengthen the freedom of opinion, expression and thought.