Leaders of six opposition parties in Turkey have signed a joint declaration outlining their plan to restore parliamentary system and strip the powers of the president if they win 2023 elections.
The plan aimed to entirely overhaul the existing executive presidential system, which has been backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies, and in force since June 2018.
A 48-page document covering 23 articles was signed on Monday by the leaders at a large event organised in a hotel in the capital Ankara.
Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ali Babacan who heads the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), Gultekin Uysal of the Democrat Party (DP), Ahmet Davutoglu who leads the Future Party (FP), Meral Aksener of the IYI (Good) Party and Temel Karamollaoglu, the leader of the Felicity Party (SP), gathered to sign the document.
Davutoglu and Babacan were close allies of Erdogan in the past and served in top posts before leaving his Justice and Development (AK) Party because of policy disagreements.
Speaking at the event, CHP Deputy Chairman Muharrem Erkek said that the agreed upon plan was a new beginning.
“We will crown Turkey’s deep-rooted state and republican experience with democracy,” he said, adding that the current system introduced an “arbitrary governance”.
DEVA Deputy Chairman Mustafa Yeneroglu said that the proposed system sought to enhance the functionality of the parliament while improving its legislative capacity.