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Turkey stops pretending, explains its government model

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12.01.2017

Having nearly 150 years of experience in a parliamentary system and 65 governments in 94 years of Republican history, Turkey is now discussing a new government model.

Indeed, the distorted parliamentary system that has brought nothing other than unstable governments, economic crises and military coups to Turkey, came to a de facto end in 2007 when 68 percent of voters voted for the election of the president by public vote, instead of by Parliament in a referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became the first popularly elected president, receiving 52 percent of the vote in presidential elections on Aug. 10, 2014. Thus, the government system, which was bashed by the 1982 Constitution that followed the military coup of Sept. 12, 1980, practically became a thing of the past.

Erdoğan has unlimited power, as he was popularly elected, and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which was founded by Erdoğan himself, is in power, making Erdoğan's spiritual and political presence dominate Parliament as well.

Having been elected with more votes than every political party in Parliament, even the ruling AK Party, Erdoğan is the most legitimate political figure in the country. Given that his 11 predecessors were appointed by the sterile Parliament, not by the public, Erdoğan is in an unprecedented and uniquely powerful legitimate political position.

In other words, we have a model of a formless and dysfunctional government that is far from universal parliamentary system practices. Now the constitutional amendment, which is being voted on by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) and........

© Daily Sabah