The making of a Sultan: the rise of Erdogan

Mar 20, 2017

The rise of Turkey’s Erdogan to absolute power is a classic example of the crisis democracies face today

Turkey’s political system will undergo drastic changes if its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, manages to get the support of a majority of the electorate for his constitutional amendment plans in the April 16 referendum.

The proposal, already approved by Turkish Parliament — which is dominated by his AK Party — seeks to turn the country’s parliamentary model into an executive presidency. The President, in this case Mr. Erdogan, would be the head of the government, the state and the ruling party. He will have the powers to appoint cabinet ministers and senior officials without Parliament’s nod. The post of the Prime Minister, currently the most powerful government position in theory, will be abolished. He could also appoint more than half the members of the nation’s highest judicial body, dissolve the national assembly and impose a state of emergency. The amendments will also guarantee two five-year terms for the President. Provided the changes come into force with the 2019 presidential election, Mr. Erdogan could rule Turkey until 2029, with powers perhaps no leader in the post-Sultanate Turkey has enjoyed so far, other than Kemal Ataturk.


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The Hindu, March 20, 2017

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