Turkish President Erdogan in Turkey's Aksaray

AKSARAY, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 10: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the crowd during the opening ceremony of Tuz Lake Natural Gas Storage facility and ​inauguration ceremonies of completed public investments, in Aksaray, Turkey on February 10, 2017. Turkey has reached an important crossroads on the way to changing its governmental system, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the Turkish people would weigh in on this proposed change on April 16. 'The presidential system brought about by amending the Constitution will strengthen Turkey’s efforts to achieve its goals by protecting its unity, solidarity, and brotherhood,' Erdogan told a ceremony in Turkey's central Aksaray province, just hours after signing the constitutional amendment package, paving the way to the April referendum. Erdogan said a 'Turkish-type presidential system' would replace the current, two-headed system, in which there is both a president and prime minister. 'The system we will bring is different because the president will be an active member of a [political] party with the new system,' he explained. Evoking the 1919-1923 War of Independence, which led to the foundation of the modern Republic of Turkey, Erdogan said Turkey 'now faces a kind of second war of independence both economically, diplomatically, and on all fronts.' Citing a well-known saying of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the republic’s founder, Erdogan said: 'There is no defense line, but defense territory. This territory is the whole of the motherland.' (Footage by Fatih Basaran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Clip #: 641456398HD
Collection: Anadolu Agency
Date created: February 10, 2017
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