Erdogan: Separation of powers an obstacle

Photo: HDN

Photo: Hurriyet Daily News

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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