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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. 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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