Erdogan’s Dream: The Sultan Rules

  • Erdogan is not happy with the powers the Turkish constitution grants him. He wants more.
  • Once he has given orders, there should not be judicial, constitutional or parliamentary checks and balances. He will become the first ballot-box Sultan of the Turkish Empire of his dreams.
  • 367 parliamentary votes are required to pass a constitutional amendment in parliament without a referendum, and at least 330 to make Erdogan an elected Sultan. But if he wins, he will be the president of less than half of the Turks, with the other half hating him more than ever.

It is election time in Turkey. On June 7, the Turks will go to the ballot box to elect a government and a prime minister who will rule the country for four years.

In reality, they will go to the ballot box to decide whether they want an elected Sultan or not.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than just to win a parliamentary majority for his Justice and Development Party (AKP). He wants a two-thirds majority, so that the constitution can be amended to introduce an executive presidential system and the Sultan can once again officially rule.

In 2013, Burhan Kuzu, the AKP’s chairman of the parliament’s Constitution Commission, compared the U.S. presidency to the broad powers of Turkey’s prime minister (who at the time was Erdogan), saying, “Obama is a poor man, the Prime Minister is powerful.”

More recently, during a press briefing after a state visit to Kazakhstan, Erdogan told a group of Turkish journalists on April 18: “Look now. Obama cannot get decisions done.”

It was just another line with which he expressed his obsession to transform Turkey’s parliamentary democracy into an executive presidential system “a la Turca,” in which an elected man runs a one-man show with no checks and balances.

The powers the Turkish president has do not satisfy Erdogan. He is the strongman, but he wants more. He wants almost unlimited powers: He wants to be the democratically elected Sultan of a supposed emerging Turkish empire.

Full article: Erdogan’s Dream: The Sultan Rules (The Gatestone Institute)

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