Erdogan: Separation of powers an obstacle

Posted by kadersevinc on 19/12/12

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On 18 December Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the separation of powers as the government’s main obstacle, saying it was preventing them from introducing “further services.” “Even during our own governing tenure, we are having some troubles. Unfortunately, the errors within the system are the causes of those troubles. Since the system was built the wrong way, we are facing some unexpected troubles. Bureaucracy blocks our path or we face the judiciary unexpectedly,” he declared. “The legislature, the executive and the judiciary should pursue the people’s interest initially, and then should consider the state’s interest,” he added. Experts speculated that his remarks are a reference to his party’s proposal for a presidential system to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently suggested a “Turkified version of the US executive system” for Turkey during debates at the charter panel, preserving the unitary structure with a single Parliament and giving extraordinary authority to the president.

Source: European Forum


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  1. Comment by Oldstone50 | 2012/12/21 at 13:04:16

    Sigh. The way it’s put in the post, it sounds like Erdogan is irked by that nasty democracy stuff. Another small minded man who thinks he knows the Truth and the Truth is, he should rule. So, apparently, he thinks.
    The US presidential system does NOT do a good job of providing democracy. Even when the US Congress is not at its worst (seldom), even when the US Supreme Court is at its best (often), there is too little democratic feedback. Yet the separation of powers is a necessary element in democracy – even if irksome to alpha male types. The question, then, should be how to empower democracy, while also allowing government to be effective. A presidential system modeled on the US system is definitely not the way to go. (Perhaps Erdogan is attracted to the extreme disparity between the few ultra-rich and the many, many poor in the US!)

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    Kader Sevinç is the representative for the European Union of the Turkish social democratic party, the CHP, in Brussels . She was appointed as the representative in July 2008 and in her capacity she is in charge of driving the EU policy initiatives of the CHP. She is also in charge of representing the party as PES (Party European Socialist) Presidency Member. She started her career in private sector and then worked for three years in the European Parliament as a political advisor. She was awarded by the Turkish Industrialists’ and Business Association for her entrepreneurship project and by the European Commission for her project entitled “Turkey’stransformation and human capital in the EU accession process”. Kader Sevinç served as vice-president of TOSED (Turkish Business Association-Brussels), member of the EU advisory board of Kagider (Women Entrepreneurs Association). Ms Sevinç is currently a European board member of TEMA, member of Ka-Der (Association to Support the Women in Politics) and EU adviser for Forum Istanbul. Kader Sevinç is a frequent speaker in international policy circles with experience at the European Commission, European Parliament, Forum İstanbul, College of Europe and various think-tanks. Kader Sevinç is a honors graduate from the Akdeniz University and Jean Monnet European Integration Program, she pursued “business communication” training at the Harvard University USA. Ms Sevinç obtained her MA on International Relations from CERIS-Brussels/Univ. Paris XI with “grand distinction” (Thesis: Theories of International Negotiation, European Union’s Enlargement and the Turkish Case”). She is the co-author of a political poetry book “The European Constitution in Verse” (2009, Brussels).