Istanbul – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday he would leave office next year, following a three-month period of negotiations to try to end a dispute with the opposition over his rule.
The Turkish president’s remarks came as parliamentarians in Turkey were debating a resolution to the constitutional crisis sparked by his decision to resign last week.
Erdoğan said he had decided to step down in 2019 in order to “take the necessary steps for the nation’s recovery”.
“I have decided to give up power.
I will take the necessary measures to recover the nation,” Erdoğan told parliament.
Election results put the center-right Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in a tight race with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the ruling Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) for the second time this year.
A coalition of the HDP, the CHP, and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is expected to form a government in the parliament after a vote on the resolution to dissolve the legislature, the first step toward a parliamentary election.
Ersin Bayraktar, a former prime minister, is set to be prime minister.
He has also called for a referendum on the constitutional question and has promised to step aside if his party fails to form the coalition.
“I am resigning as president to take the required measures for the restoration of order and the recovery of the nation.
This is the first and only decision that I have taken,” he told parliament after voting.
Bayraktar and Erdoğan have been negotiating for months over a constitutional settlement, which could include a presidential term and a referendum to determine a new constitution.
The dispute has left Turkey facing a crisis of legitimacy, with some critics calling it a coup attempt, and a major concern for Europe.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the constitutional talks were “inadequate” and ordered the dissolution of the parliament and other bodies, including the president.