Turkish state of emergency decree strengthens president’s hand

A new Turkish state of emergency decree has been issued altering certain laws to take certain powers from the cabinet and give them directly to the president in order to smooth the transition to a presidential system.

The new decree switches in the designation “the president” for the words “the ministers” or “the cabinet” in several places.

It will come into force after the president swears his oath of office, which is when Turkey’s new presidential system, approved in a referendum in 2017, comes into force.

Under the new system there will be no prime minister and a strong presidency with many extra powers including the power to issue decrees and make budgets.