Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his push for a presidential system of government by citing “Hitler’s Germany” as an historic example.

The President has pushed ahead with efforts to increase the stature of his own position, despite fears it would split the country’s seat of power in two.

Mr Erdoğan cut short a state visit to Saudi Arabia after the death of prominent pro-government political journalist Hasan Karakaya, and in a press conference on his return to Turkey was asked if he thought a presidential system would be possible while maintaining the unitary structure of the state.

According to the T24 news portal, he replied: “Yes. There is nothing to say that you can’t have a presidential system in a unitary state.

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