May 19 2019

One-man-rule threatens gains of Republic of Turkey - Opposition leader

Turkey's main opposition party leader on Sunday said the gains of the Republic are under threat of the "one-man-rule", in an op-ed for the secular daily Cumhuriyet. 

"On the 100th commemoration of May 19, 1919, a significant part of our country's gains are under threat by the shadow of the one-man-rule," the Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said. "The principle of equal citizenship that forms the main philosophy of our republic is being damaged."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, arrived in Samsun to launch the War of Independence on May 19, 1919.

Kılıçdaroğlu said the controllability of the government became impossible, the jurisdiction in the country had been losing its independence and the bases of the democracy were downgrading.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strengthened his executive powers at general elections in June 2018 which heralded the introduction of a new presidential system of government that abolished the position of the prime minister and reduced parliament’s remit. Some analysts say, since then, the Turkish president has tightened his grip on media, universities and jurisdiction that met international criticism. 

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