Jul 05 2019

Ruling party official says McKinsey designed Turkey’s presidential system - Milli Gazete

Turkey’s executive presidential system, which fully entered into force after the presidential and parliamentary election last year, was designed by the international consulting firm McKinsey, Islamist Milli Gazete said on Wednesday citing an unnamed senior ruling party official.
Naci Bostancı, deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group, said last week that the new system needed to be reformed after an examination of the results observed during one-year implementation.
According to the senior AKP official talking to Milli Gazete, McKinsey will also be responsible for the revisions to be made in the presidential system. The same source said working once again with McKinsey had disturbed some members of the ruling party.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in October that he had told his colleagues in the government not to seek services from McKinsey, which meant cancelling a deal announced by his son-in-law and Ministry of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak earlier that gave the U.S. company the powers to oversee Turkey’s fiscal measures.
McKinsey designed every stage of Turkey’s presidential system and the AKP officials were excluded from the process, Milli Gazete said, citing the same source. As a result, all administrative structure of the Turkish state, including all institutions and commissions, was entrusted to a U.S. firm, the source said.
According to the source, Erdoğan approves plans to revise the system, which aims to expand the Turkish parliament’s oversight powers, but the work is being carried out in the Presidential Palace rather than by party commissions. The source said handing over the revision to McKinsey had a huge cost which would become known by the public in a short time.