Monday, January 11, 2016

Turkish far-right warns against 'elected despot' Erdogan - Arutz Sheva Staff

by Arutz Sheva Staff

After Erdogan cites 'Hitler's Germany' as model he wants to switch to, MHP head comes out against 'primitive mindsets.'

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Develt Bahceli, head of Turkey's secular far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), sharply condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plans to switch Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system and become an "elected despot."

"We cannot cooperate with primitive mindsets that wish to benefit from a shift to a presidential system under the disguise of a new charter," said Bahceli at a press conference in Ankara, as reported by Hurriyet Daily News.

“Turkey needs a new charter, not an elected despot,” he emphasized.

The comment comes amid high concerns, after Erdogan earlier this month cited "Hitler's Germany" as an example of the "presidential system with a unitary state" that he wants Turkey to mimic.

Bahceli on Sunday noted that a change in the historical roots of administration systems is only possible through "a coup or a revolution," and called on Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) to shelve its plans.

"We expect the AKP to put an end to its dreams of a presidential system, and (Prime Minister Ahmet) Davutoglu to refrain from being deceived by Erdogan,” Bahceli said.

The MHP head recently claimed that Davutoglu is "reluctant" to impose the change from a parliamentary to a presidential system, despite Erdogan's "insistence" that he comply.

Davutoglu late last month claimed that the new system "will not evolve into dictatorship," and in a reversal of Erdogan's citation of the genocidal Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, said, "Hitler’s Germany was born out of a parliamentary system" in an attempt to calm fears.

Nazi Germany's Reichstag was a ceremonial pseudo-parliament that served as a ratifying body for Hitler.

Arutz Sheva Staff


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