Erdogan attends general assembly meeting of TUMSİAD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a general assembly of meeting the All Industrialist and Businessmen Association (TUMSIAD). Speaking at the meeting, Erdogan reiterated his desire to see Turkey switch to a presidential system. "The leaders of the main opposition and other opposition party tell us: 'The parliamentary system is sufficient, so where did this talk of a presidential system come from? The government is a sultanate.' The reason why they make such statements is because they know and are concerned about the fact that the presidential candidates they will nominate have no chances of winning," Erdogan said. Stating that a presidential system will make breaking the back of the bureaucratic oligarchy easier, Erdogan said, "Decision-making could become more serial. The control mechanism of Parliament in a presidential system is stronger than is the case in Turkey at the moment. We, as the prime minister and Cabinet, are able to conclude many issues easily. But in the presidential system, as is the case in the US, if the country decides to give a helicopter to another country as a gift, they need to have this approved by Congress; we could make such a decision easily in the Cabinet."