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Erdoy-an claims Saudi Arabia governed by presidential system.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an claimed while delivering a speech at a pro-government think tank on Monday that Saudi Arabia, governed by a monarchy and ruled by the King, in fact resembles a presidential system.

In defense of a presidential system of government, Erdoy-an also claimed that the UK is not a parliamentary democracy but rather a country that is run by an executive president where the queen interferes in the government.

He criticized the election system in the UK, saying it is broke and describing it as unjust.

In January, Erdoy-an also uttered similar claims alleging that "nearly all developed countries" are governed by presidential systems.

He spoke at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), a think tank that is close to and financed by the government, asking the SETA academics to do research on the benefits of a presidential system.

Although Erdoy-an claimed that the presidential system is the main issue in the election campaign and has strong backing from voters, almost all the polls suggest otherwise. Erdoy-an failed to gain traction on his bid to become an executive president as most people list economic woes as their number one concern in the elections.

The president said he is also opposed to a bicameral system if Turkey decides to switch to an executive presidency, saying that a Senate may hamper the work of Parliament as the House of Representatives in the American system often clashes with the Senate.

He blamed the bicameral system in the US for the failure to adopt the health care reforms proposed by US President Barack Obama.

Erdoy-an was elected president of Turkey, a key NATO ally on the edge of the Middle East, in August last year after more than a decade as prime minister. He vowed to use his mandate to strengthen what had been a largely ceremonial post and seek constitutional change to shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

He has wasted little time flexing his political muscle, hosting his first Cabinet meeting as president several times and surrounding himself with powerful advisers that some officials feel are becoming a "shadow Cabinet."

Erdoy-an claimed all economically successful countries in the G20 group are governed by presidential systems, arguing that a presidential system is a more effective way of governance and that "multi-headedness" in decision-making will slow down Turkey's advance.

"We would have been far more advanced than we are now if we had a presidential system," said Erdoy-an.

The president complained about constitutional checks and balances on the bills approved in Parliament, saying that the opposition's right to challenge bills in the top court slows down progress in Turkey.

"We are racing against time," he noted.

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Erdoy-an at the dais

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