Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly said on Saturday that he will fully exercise his rights when he takes on the largely ceremonial position in the presidential palace following a vote in August, de facto shifting Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential one.
There are more than 70 states in the world that have a presidential system while only nine of them are functioning democracies and only two of them are close to the desired level of a democratic system: France and the United States. Turkey’s need at the moment is not a presidential system but a consolidated democracy that recognizes basic freedoms and rights. It is 2014 and it is unbelievable that we are urging the Turkish government to be accountable and respect basic freedoms.
If Erdogan’s force of darkness triumphs, it will be tantamount to a complete eclipse of Turkey’s already nascent democracyMahir Zeynalov