Turkey's ruling party submits presidential reform proposal

Reuters News

11/6/2012 5:26:28 AM - Reuters News

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party presented to parliament a proposal on the creation of a presidential system, a deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, in a step towards a newly empowered presidency which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is believed to seek.

Under the current system, the Turkish president is largely a ceremonial figure but the AK Party aims to create an executive presidency as part of a reform process focused around a new constitution.

(Reporting by Pinar Aydinli; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Janet Lawrence)