2016 is clearly the year where Erdoğan attempts to transition secular Turkey into a theocratic Islamic caliphate system. Even the current Prime Minister just stated “that the creation of a new constitution is the biggest goal of the current government”.
As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tries to convince Turkey that it needs a new ‘presidency’, he’s come up with a new argument that I find quite revealing.
In their current constitutional system the Prime Minister and the President, along with the Council of Ministers, shares executive power. While the presidency does have some legitimate powers that go beyond parliamentary duties, like deploying Turkish Armed Forces, the Prime Minister is the one who controls government policy.
When Erdoğan was Prime Minister of Turkey he was considered the head honcho. But now, as President of Turkey, he’s also considered the head honcho, even by the current Prime Minister. In effect Erdoğan continues to run the country.
The new argument that he’s making today this new ‘presidency’ is that having both a Prime Minister and a President is unsustainable.
“Our current system is an anomaly. Running this system, with both the prime minister and the president elected, is exceptionally difficult,” Erdoğan said on Jan. 28, addressing a meeting on the prospects of a new constitution hosted by the Turkey Constitution Platform.
“Today, we are working in harmony as a president and a prime minister who came from the same political tradition and who have long worked together,” Erdoğan said.
“How will this business run tomorrow if the president and the prime minister are from different political mindsets having different priorities?” Erdoğan asked, recalling that such complications were experienced in the early 1990s when Turgut Özal was president and Süleyman Demirel was prime minister.
“Won’t we a draw lesson from this? We need to draw,” Erdoğan said, noting he had faced such problems when he was serving as prime minister.
Lamenting the lack of progress in drafting a new constitution, he called for the Turkish people to vote in a referendum to strengthen his power in a presidential system.
“The nation is ready, but the politicians who are passing themselves off as elites are not ready; this is the trouble,” Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan is basically telling people that he wants to be the sole man with power, a dictator, a sultan, a caliph. He doesn’t want to share power with any other office or council. He wants to control everything.
He will be caliph.
So in order to get this done, the parliament has a commission that is trying to craft a new constitution for Turkey. Should they fail to agree to give Erdoğan what he wants, then a referendum will be held in October in order for the people to give the AK Party the power it needs to change the constitution unilaterally:
If the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission fails to draft a new constitution, Turkey will hold a referendum in October on changing the constitution to create an executive presidential system, the pro-government Star daily claimed on Tuesday.
According to the daily, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is in the process of producing an alternative roadmap that involves switching Turkey’s parliamentary system to a presidential system if the commission, which was recently formed from deputies representing the political parties in Parliament, fails to prepare a new constitution for Turkey.
So you can expect Turkish airwaves to be filled non-stop this year with people arguing for Erdoğan’s new caliphate system, so by the time October gets here, they will have the few remaining votes needed in Parliament to actually hold the referendum and public opinion polls will all show that a majority of the public is ready to crown Erdoğan as Caliph.