Turkey’s public institutions lost independence under presidential system, columnist says

Turkey’s presidential system has become the catalyst for compromising the independence of key state institutions, columnist Taha Akyol said in Karar newspaper on Sunday. 

"Turkey's most important problem is the public institutions, which were formed by the accumulation of experiences of many years or even centuries, being overwhelmed by politics," Akyol said.

The government went about stripping the power and independence of autonomous public institutions since introducing the presidential system in 2018, provoking distrust among foreign investors and perpetuating Turkey's economic problems, Akyol said.

The Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) and the country's central bank are among the significant public bodies that became less trustworthy due to the government's political interventions, the columnist said.

"When the boards and institutions suffer, investment capital does not come, that's why the government talks about self-sufficiency” in terms of Turkey’s foreign relations, Akyol said.