As Turkey intelligence chief resigns to run in election…”10 Articles To Understand Presidential System Debate in Turkey…

The debate to switch to a full-throttle presidential system in Turkey has been rekindled this week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began to lobby for it actively.

Here are 10 news articles or opinion pieces to understand the current debate:

#Turkish President #Erdoğan says #UK is semi-presidency dominated by Queen
— Hurriyet Daily News (@HDNER) January 30, 2015

Erdoğan ‘fostering cult of personality’ as new bridge set to bear his name

Turkish president accused of trying to usurp the venerated Atatürk as modern nation’s talisman, as his name could adorn several projects – including an airportTurkey is to name a major new bridge across the Euphrates river after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to reports.

Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT), has submitted his resignation to run in June 7 general elections. He could become the new foreign minister if he is elected. ‘If a person who is assigned as Superman enters the parliament, I consider it a waste,” Deputy PM Arınç said.
Hakan Fidan, a confidante of President Erdogan, is seen as a potential future foreign minister in Ankara.
Turkish authorities have refused to say when and how Russian citizen Ramazova had entered Turkey before detonating herself in Istanbul
The reproduction of authoritarian politics in the AKP era

Turkey has passed the blurred threshold that demarcates democratic politics from an authoritarian system.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Goncalo Silva/Demotix. All rights reseved.Authoritarianism is an illusionist practise insofaras it presents an incomplete picture of reality while leaving the audience with the perception that they are seeing all of it. It becomes possible to conceal the tricky part of the show from the audience who is fully convinced that the whole show is laid bare before their eyes. As a result, they no longer push the boundaries.

Disregarding opposition criticism of his direct involvement in politics, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again appealed for votes for his former Justice and Development Party (AKP) without explicitly giving the party’s name, declaring that “400 lawmakers” are needed for a “new Turkey.”
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtaş has described the Kurdish peace process as at neither an impasse nor a breakthrough, saying a meeting between the government and a HDP delegation would soon happen.
A group of protesters have attempted to march Turkey’s new presidential palace to mark the shooting of 15-year-old Gezi protests victim Berkin Elvan, but the police prevented the demonstration by using tear gas, detaining 50 people
U.S.-based credit ratings agency considers Bank Asya’s takeover isolated incident and not harbinger of systemic distress in Turkish banking sector.

EXCLUSIVE/ A telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (5 February) covered the situation in Ukraine and the South Stream and Turkish Stream pipeline projects, the Kremlin announced. In the meantime, the Russian Ambassador to the EU provided EurActiv with some insight on Russian plans.

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