ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The separation of powers is absolutely crucial to the functioning of democracy, Turkish President Abdullah Gül told reporters Dec. 21, entering a debate recently sparked by the prime minister.
"The prime minister must have meant some previous wrong examples," Gül said when he was asked about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's latest remarks. "We all know that the separation of powers is the foundation of democracy."
Erdoğan said Dec. 17 that the political system in Turkey was built “in the wrong way” and that the bureaucracy and judiciary sometimes prevented the government from “introducing further services.”
“People looking from outside say you have 326 lawmakers, and you are making up excuses. But the fact is is that the separation of powers is an obstacle in our path,” he said.