POLITICS > Separation of powers an obstacle, says Erdoğan

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Lambasting the separation of legislature, executive, and judiciary powers as ‘the main obstacle’ in Turkey, PM Erdoğan says the division holds the government back in its bid for launching ‘further services.’ His remarks are seen an obvious reference to his party’s powerful presidential offer

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Prime Minister Erdoğan’s criticism of Turkey’s separation of powers are seen
as a clear reference to his party’s offer to create a powerful presidential post. Daily News Photo/Selahattin Sönmez

Prime Minister Erdoğan’s criticism of Turkey’s separation of powers are seen as a clear reference to his party’s offer to create a powerful presidential post. Daily News Photo/Selahattin Sönmez

Hüseyin Hayatsever Hüseyin Hayatsever huseyin.hayatsever@hdn.com.tr

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has 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,” Erdoğan said on Dec. 17 in a speech delivered at the 2012 Economy Awards Ceremony in the Central Anatolian city of Konya. “The legislature, the executive and the judiciary should pursue the people’s interest initially, and then should consider the state’s interest.”

His remarks were an apparent 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 U.S. 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.

While explaining services introduced to the city and the government’s economic success, Erdoğan complained of the “bureaucratic oligarchy.”

Prime Minister Erdoğan noted the “city hospitals project,” which he said had been under consideration for six years. They still had not been able to implement it because of “bureaucratic oligarchy and the judiciary,” Erdoğan said.

Economy awards

Konya’s highest individual and corporate taxpayers as well as export champions received their awards from Erdoğan at the ceremony yesterday. The 2012 Konya Economy Awards ceremony also offered yet another opportunity to Erdoğan to elaborate on the economic impacts of the anti-democratic movements.

Although having remained an idea only, the annual cost of the April 27, 2007 e-memorandum with interest was $2 billion, Erdoğan said in his speech at the ceremony. The cost of the army led-campaign of Feb. 28, 1997 was between 100 billion and 250 billion Turkish Liras, he added.

“The post-modern coup” of Feb. 28, 1997 refers to the harsh, army-led campaign that forced Turkey’s first Islamist prime minister, the late Necmettin Erbakan, to resign in June 1997.

Alluding to companies established with Islamic capital, Erdoğan said that companies in Konya were treated like stepchildren during the Feb. 28 process.

The premier praised Konya’s economic successes despite the Feb. 28 process, and said the Central Anatolian city had become a considerable industrial and trade center “with its own means.”


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12/25/2012 4:21:13 AM

American American: Checks and balances you say? I dunno if you remember, maybe coz your government distracted you the very next day and made you forget and never spoke of or brought up the fact again but... Donald Rumsfeld admitted to $2.3 TRILLION missing, on September 10, 2001 (the day before 9/11). Has that ever been accounted for, yet, 10 years on? Where did all that $$$ go? Who was responsible? Like I said, never brought up again!

american american

12/19/2012 2:37:41 AM

for eveyone who dislikes american policy. that is WITH checks and balances - imagine what it would be like without them...

mara mcglothin

12/18/2012 10:30:06 PM

TEKION You are correct! Why is it that Turks always have a glass half full and leaking? Such angst on a daily basis? Most Turks I talk to are so confident that Turkey could never end up like Iran that they can't even entertain the idea. I have said to many of them-"You don't think there are plenty of Persians in LA that thought the exact same thing?" If the Turkish Spring ever does happen it will be a tsunami or I guess in turkish that would be a tayfun!!!!!

Blue Beyond

12/18/2012 8:42:28 PM

Mr. Erdogan seems to envy Mr. Morsi but that policy has not worked very well for Egypt. Is Mr. Erdogan determined to undermine Turkish society? Is his plan to repress the dissent that surely will break out. Do we now understand that Islamism is entirely inconsistent with democracy?

Faruk Timuroglu

12/18/2012 8:24:39 PM

RTE is complaining about something no longer exist in Turkey thanks to his advanced democracy.

Ken Alden

12/18/2012 7:34:59 PM

There is this age old Proverb; "Never put all eggs into one basket" meaning if one stumbles., all eggs in the basket will go Puff! There is no consistancy here, while one man rule of a past Leader is vigorously is being condemned and torn down at every oppotunity!

Brit in Turkey

12/18/2012 6:38:23 PM

Michael O'Connell. The PM already behaves like a dictator. No one is prepared to stand up to him, except perhaps President Gül on occasion. It can only get worse. I wonder if the PM reads these blogs.

Roger Harding

12/18/2012 6:37:05 PM

No dictator is fond of checks and balances. So, that they can implement a so called "direct democracy" with the people. One such person was Gaddafi. His brand of democracy was so direct, he claimed. Libya did not need any Institutions. The only Institution was Gaddafi, extended family and their cronies. He did what ever he wanted in Libya for 40 terrible years. Time to stop Erdogan & AKP is now. Regards

maria parada

12/18/2012 6:36:38 PM

Islamic democracy in action: One man, one vote, one time.

Adam Polk

12/18/2012 6:04:11 PM

@B Medic, are you OK? every single newspaper in Turkey used the same title and he did say that.
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