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SEOUL Cheap Seattle Mariners T-Shirts , July 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) failed to reach any agreement Thursday during working-level talks to discuss the DPRK's participation in the South Korea-hosted Asian Games.

Three-member delegations from both sides held the meeting from 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom to talk about issues related to the participation of DPRK athletes and cheerleaders in the Incheon Asian Games.

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ISTANBUL, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkey risks further dividing its society and worsening relations in particular with the West, as Turkish President Erdogan pushes for executive presidency, analysts here said.

Since being elected president in 2014, Erdogan has been pushing for a switch to the presidential system for him to emerge as the sole figure calling the shots in the government and in his ruling party.

His push for an executive presidency by amending the constitution is expected to gain momentum after he redesigns the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a snap congress scheduled for next weekend.

"The presidential system is a tool which will turn Turkey into a full-blown authoritarian regime," said Koray Caliskan, a professor of political science from Bogazici University in Istanbul.

In his view, Turkey is no longer governed by democracy, but rather by a competitive authoritarian regime that stands for a highly flawed "democratic" system in which the opposition faces unfair competition.

A day after an unexpected meeting with Erdogan last week, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the AKP would have an extraordinary congress and that he would not run for chairman.

Following Davutoglu's announcement, in which he revealed he was not stepping down by his own choice, Erdogan has been accused by the opposition parties of staging a coup against the government.

"This new situation may exacerbate the authoritarian tendencies that we have been witnessing in recent years," observed Bican Sahin, president of the Ankara-based Freedom Research Association.

A low-profile candidate who will do as told by Erdogan is expected to be elected chairman at the AKP congress to be held on May 22. The president will then most probably ask the new chairman to form a new government.

It is widely argued that a de-facto presidential system will, after a low-profile prime minister takes office, be in place in Turkey.

"With the removal of Davutoglu from office, Erdogan will have no barriers in fully controlling the government and the party," remarked Sahin, who is also professor of political science with Hacettepe University.

Erdogan headed the AKP governments until he was elected president and still has almost complete control over the party.

The AKP government has become particularly intolerant of criticism and adopted a more authoritarian attitude following the widespread Gezi Park protests in the summer of 2013.

Then came two sweeping graft probes that became public in December of the same year. The government has since introduced laws restricting freedoms.

"Turkish democracy is under siege. Electoral authoritarianism of the AKP alienates various groups in Turkey such as the secularists, Kurds and Alevis," said Ayhan Kaya, director of the European Institute with Istanbul Bilgi University.

Erdogan's insistence on stronger presidency risks increasing the tension and polarization in Turkish society, which is already polarized as was never seen before.

"You can't introduce such a presidential system in this country without shedding blood," Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), said last week, arguing such a change would result in a dictatorial type of regime.

All opposition parties are against replacing Turkey's current parliamentary system.

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