Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on the way to becoming a president with more executive powers as the Turkish Parliament approved a new draft constitution paving the way for a presidential system of government.
The bill will be approved through a referendum. Possible dates of the referendum according to government officials are on April 2 or April 9.
“We are not talking about a change of government but the system of governance,” Erdogan said in a speech on Sunday, responding to the main opposition’s allegations concerning the abolition of the the Turkish Republic constitution which was established by Kemal Ataturk.
Erdogan and the nationalists alliance
The project was approved with 339 votes in favor, 9 more than the 3/5 majority needed for the reform to go to a referendum. The votes came from deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Members of the Nationalist Action Party (MIP).
Bahceli said no to the Presidential System, compared Erdogan to Hitler and Stalin but still voted
There is information that the leader of the Nationalists Devlet Bahceli has secured the vice presidency for himself as well as ministerial positions for members of his party.
It cannot be otherwise explained since a few months ago he was the one who criticised Erdogan on his plans for the presidency.
“Erdogan sees the new Constitution as a firman of the Sultan. The MHP Party is totally opposed to the presidential system … With Erdogan’ system a dictatorship is inevitable. And Hitler had done the same to correct the wrongs that were done against Germany. The same was done by Stalin. All despots thought they were handing out justice, but States were dissolved, “said Bahceli in January 2016.
On Saturday his party voted in favour of all the Constitutional reforms Erdogan wanted.
In December 2015 Bahceli again said ”Woe to us again if our polity will remain in the hands of one person. We do not need our own Hitler, Stalin or Gaddafi. We will not tolerate them. “/IBNA