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The Latest: Erdogan Seeks Fast Switch to Presidential System

Friday, 06 May 2016 09:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Turkey after the prime minister announced his resignation (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing for a rapid switch to a presidential system, saying it will make Turkey stronger and more stable.

Erdogan was speaking on Friday a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he is stepping down amid a rift with the president over a range of issues, including a presidential system. Critics fear that would concentrate too much power in Erdogan's hands.

Davutoglu, who was less than enthusiastic toward a presidential system, is widely expected to be replaced by someone who is more willing to push it forward.

4:00 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey won't change its anti-terrorism legislation for the sake of visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens.

Erdogan's statement on Friday came a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who had negotiated the deal, stepped down over a rift with the president.

Addressing European countries, Erdogan said: "We'll go our way, you go yours."

The EU is asking Turkey to revise its terrorism laws as a condition for allowing Turkish citizens to travel to Europe without visas on short stays. Erdogan has been pressing for a broader definition of terrorism.

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The Latest on developments in Turkey after the prime minister announced his resignation (all times local):4:15 p.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing for a rapid switch to a presidential system, saying it will make Turkey stronger and more stable.Erdogan was...
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