Jul 02 2018

Erdoğan to wield enormous power – Arab Weekly

Turkish President Reecep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to wield enormous power and will rule entirely unchallenged after elections a week ago.

Erdoğan now has complete control of the executive after constitutional changes that strengthen the position of president, allowing him to appoint cabinet members without parliamentary approval and to tighten his grip on the judiciary and legislative branches, Arab Weekly said in an editorial

Purges of the opposition in Turkey, ramped up after a failed military coup in July 2016, will acquire “new magnitude, according to Jana Jabbour, professor of political science at Sciences Po university in Paris.

Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is dependent for its majority in the Turkish parliament on the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), which is unlikely to encourage compromise from Erdoğan, the Arab Weekly said. MHP politicians have already opposed lifting the country’s state of emergency, in place since the attempted coup, it said.

The president’s massive powers will also have ramifications abroad with his neo-Ottomanism encouraging more forays after military interventions in Iraq and Syria. This does not bode well for peace and stability in the Middle East, the Arab Weekly said.