Six Turkish opposition parties to sign deal to restore parliamentary democracy
Six Turkish opposition parties are poised to sign a deal aimed at restoring the parliamentary system in Turkey, Diken news website reported on Monday.
Limiting the presidential term in office to seven years and the president’s executive powers are also among the targets of the draft accord, Diken said.
The president’s position will be politically impartial, and he or she will not be able to return to active politics after the term expires, according to the agreement.
The six opposition parties, which include the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), have started a series of meetings with the aim of agreeing a shared set of politicial principles by the year-end. The talks have begun as opinion polls showed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) are suffering a slump in public support ahead of elections slated for 2023. Erdoğan acquired vast presidential powers in 2018.
The opposition groups are also focusing on the independence of the judiciary, media and academia, laws governing elections and political parties, and boosting democracy and the separation of powers during the talks.
Officials of the CHP, the nationalist Good Party (IP), the Islamist Felicity Party, the right-wing Democrat Party, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Future Party and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) will gather again on Tuesday to finalise the deal before presenting it to party leaders, Diken said.
Party officials also agreed in principle to lower the electoral threshold required to enter parliament to 3 percent from 10 percent, appoint the Council of Ministers from members of parliament and ensure the independence of the judiciary and judicial decision-making, the news website said.