Obviously there is a problem but…

Obviously there is a problem but…

Are President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu at loggerheads? 

Those journalists close to the president in the “pool media” are openly saying, “Things are not going well for Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.” 

The prime minister, on the other hand, is accusing them of engaging in efforts “to design the AKP through the media.” 

I never thought the prime minister would ever attempt to do any business against the president’s wish because politically, Davutoğlu’s power is in no way in a position to be compared to the president’s. As an experienced academic, I am guessing that he can see this. 

However, it still seems as if some things are happening. 

For instance, the president said in Croatia, “During my term as prime minister, it was announced that Schengen would be applied on October 2016. I don’t understand the presentation of moving it four months earlier as a gain. I am saddened by presenting small gains as if they were huge gains.”

This matter that has immersed the president in sadness belongs to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. 

It was less than one week after these words were spoken by Davutoğlu during Angela Merkel’s Turkey visit:

“The biggest matter is the practice of the visa exemption in June with the implementation of the Readmission Agreement.” 

What seems to be “little thing” for the president has become the most important matter for the prime minister.

I do not know if they are specifically creating this two-headed image as a tool for the presidential system debates or if there is really a disagreement between them on such a fundamental issue.

But I would like to point this out: If we asked the president about the prime minister saying, “If I say I fully support the presidential system, it would be denying myself,” and the president replied, “You should ask this to Mr. Davutoğlu, not me,” this reply expresses the president’s resentment. 

It looks as if there are things happening but obviously we should wait a while to fully name it. 

Not thinking one step ahead

In preparation to lift immunities one-time only, another problem has occurred. The preparations started with the challenge of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and accelerated with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s reply of “It is against the constitution but we are in.” 

This time, the problem is the danger of “parallel” prosecutors. 

The ruling party is concerned that with the lifting of immunities, the “parallel” prosecutors would order the arrest of party leaders and deputies. 

In this content, 200 prosecutors related to the immunity files are currently being examined. If any are suspected to be part of the “parallel system,” then they will be relocated, thus preventing the danger. 
I am very curious how they will do this. 

The High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) have even sent me five or six disclaimers emphasizing their independence.

Will a political order be given to the independent HSYK or independent prosecutors to “relocate these prosecutors?” 

What will HSYK do when it receives such an order?

The council will have to obey the order, we know that. Even this shows how politics are done in Turkey. Laws are processed hastily, constitutional amendments are submitted but while these are being done, there is nobody thinking one step ahead. 

They come to their senses later but then the arrow has already left the bow; this time they upset something else to fix this one. 

Our life is spent in between these corrections and repairs, leaving our major issues unsolved.