Presidential system, new charter back on agenda
In line with the proverb “Strike while the iron is hot,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan lost no time bringing forward the issue of a radical shift in Turkey from the current parliamentary system to a presidential one through a constitutional change, following the election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
More than half of all Turkish citizens prefer Turkey’s current parliamentarian system instead of imposing a presidential system on the country, according to a survey conducted a day after the Nov. 1 snap elections by the Ipsos surveying company
“They have never respected me since the day I became president with 52% of the votes. Someone should ask these people what their idea of democracy is.” The day after the Turkish elections that sealed his victory and the defeat of all his opponents, this was how President Recep Tayyip Erdogan felt entitled to answer the foreign media, which had thrown doubts and allegations at him. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), with 49.4% of the vote, won 316 of the Turkish parliament’s 550 seats, well above an absolute majority (276), spoils that will allow the president’s party to form a government on his own, but also quite close to the qualified majority of 330 needed to change the constitution and implement his greatly yearned for presidentialist plans.
The independent election monitoring initiative Vote and Beyond has said the minor incompliances between its own reports and the official results of the Nov. 1 election had no bearing on the final outcome
President Erdoğan has been with headmen again, declared new name of resolution process as “National Unity and Fraternity Process”.
People’s Democratic Party (HDP) spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen has made clear the party prefers Turkey’s current parliamentarian system to the presidential one, adding every issue should be open to debate
The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has returned to power as a single-party government just five months after losing its majority in June, has drafted a timeline for its next steps – taking the upcoming G20 summit in southern Turkey into consideration
It’s no secret that Sunday’s election results were surprising to everyone, including Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and senior Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) was successful at turning the mistakes of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to its advantage in the recent elections, according to the head of the PACE election monitoring delegation
Despite its surprise win, the polarising nature of changing political system means AKP is unlikely to act anytime soon.
Turkey’s credit outlook will hinge on the new government’s ability to tackle slowing growth and high inflation as credit risks of the country still remain, ratings agency Moody’s said on Nov. 4
Daily Hürriyet has published an editorial following Turkey’s Nov. 1 general election, expressing its expectations about the country’s future under a single-party Justice and Development Party (AKP) government
There is an undeniable link between media censorship and the proliferation of conspiracy theories in Turkey. In turn, society is so polarized that it lacks the means to negotiate truth claims.
Dubbing the Nov. 1 snap election results a “failure” for his party and its leader, a leading figure in Turkey’s main opposition party has called for an extraordinary convention, vowing to challenge for the leadership of the party