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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.

December/21/2012

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cezer "çapulcu" skonore

12/21/2012 10:38:47 PM

Democracy in Turkey has somewhat improved during Erdogan's reign. Yet, it seems that he cannot take the country to the next step.

Nikos T.

12/21/2012 5:59:56 PM

@mara, we've been through discussion again. The way I see it, we are talking about the lesser of two evils principle. However, at this moment, he could help Turkey a lot.

Turiddu Giuliano

12/21/2012 5:59:37 PM

That's why Erdogan and Berlusconi are friends: both despise everything that prevents the realization of their desire for power. In this case, the "separation of powers" one of the cornerstones of any true democracy.

Faruk Timuroglu

12/21/2012 4:29:04 PM

RTE bluntly has been telling what he means by “advanced democracy” and yet some still don’t want to understand. Advancing in democracy would never end to be called advanced, which means “the end”. He also said, “Democracy is a train to get off when you are at destination”. Now, he is trying to get off, not because he arrived, but he thinks he can run faster. So, he is running to “the end” of his sway. Shamefully some shrewdly informed people vested their trust on him and some still insist on it

Nuri Gotham

12/21/2012 4:10:11 PM

This is a good cop/bad cop scenario ! The monstrous monument, abortion, death penalty , one religion, three children, seperation of powers etc. Each time the PM makes an anti-democratic statement somebody rushes to rescue him. Regarless, the patriarchal PM utters what is in his mind; the totalitarian system.

Nuri Gotham

12/21/2012 3:33:14 PM

Indeed, the seperation of powers are the core of the constitutional democracy and each of the branches have been defined powers to check the powers of the other branches.But in democracies with deficit the powers can be easily abused. With the existing election laws the legislative can not investigate the executive branch because of the excessive powers of the party leader.

Murat

12/21/2012 2:28:23 PM

The cat is out of the bag. We all know what and how our esteemed PM thinks. I was a supporter. No more. He has permenantly damaged his chances, which is a good thing. After a decade, he is a spent force. Turkey can not afford a man without a global culture and view, who has never lived a day out of Turkey. That is what seperates Gul the statesman from Erdogan the politician.

dogan kemal ileri

12/21/2012 2:09:31 PM

There you have it straight from the President the separation of powers is crucial to Turkish democracy too.Our present constitution has gaping gaps in it historically which the Judiciary has in the past taken advantage to give themselves powers well above their station and us eit to elevate themselves above the legislature.The new constitution will eliminate these errors.Thats it.Media should stop vilifying Erdogan,he is right.

mara mcglothin

12/21/2012 2:02:30 PM

I wish I could be more confident in President Gul. He does say the right things at the right time, BUT I wish he could only make me believe him. When you read his personal bio, you probably could understand why "only in Turkey" if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it might NOT be a duck. Only in Turkey.
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