2018 will be ‘even better’ – Erdoğan’s chief advisor

Turkey spent 2017 on “healing its wounds and reformatting its state system,” but still the government performed very well, chief presidential advisor İlnur Çevik wrote in his column in pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah.

Çevik said 2018 would be a very exciting year for Turkey, in terms of both domestic and foreign politics.

The parliament will be very busy, Çevik wrote, with adjusting the laws to fit the presidential system, which was approved by a 51.4 per cent yes vote in the April 2017 referendum.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will work hard for the 2019 local and general elections, but in the presidential elections Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will win easily, his advisor wrote.

“People feel Erdoğan has created this new system and he has to be in office to see that the system functions properly,” said Çevik.

On the foreign policy front, Turkey will improve ties with Russia on Syria, and ‘iron out’ some differences with the U.S., Çevik wrote, such as continuing U.S. cooperation with the Kurdish militia in Syria and Turkey’s extradition requests for the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

The trials against the plotters of the July 2016 coup attempt will reach a verdict in 2018, and this will back Turkey in its international struggle against the Gülenists, Çevik said.

Meanwhile, “Turkey will continue its march to revamp its economy and speed up growth which hopefully will be around 7 percent for 2017,” said Çevik.