June 2, 2016 / 7:02 AM / a year ago

Turkish PM says solution to political impasse is ballot box

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks to the media during a visit in the Turkish-administered northern part of Cyprus, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday his ruling AK Party aimed to push through constitutional change for a presidential system through parliament, but would turn to the ballot box if there was political impasse on the issue.

In a speech to officials from the party, Yildirim said the AKP’s biggest duty was to create a new constitution. President Tayyip Erdogan seeks an executive presidency with strong powers akin to those of the U.S. and French heads of state.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Daren Butler

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