Turkish prime minister says new government favors presidential system

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister says his new government will aim to adopt a new constitution and also believes that Turkey should move to a presidential system — favored by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ahmet Davutoglu told parliament Wednesday that his government would aim to introduce a constitution that upholds freedoms, replacing the current charter which is a legacy of Turkey's 1980 military coup. He also said a presidential system would lead to more "efficient and dynamic" rule.

The existing constitution limits Erdogan's powers. Critics fear a presidential system that would grant him sweeping powers.

Davutoglu was reading from the program of his government which was installed Tuesday. The government includes Erdogan's son-in-law and other names close to him — in a strong indication that Erdogan would retain power over government.

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