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Erdogan cites Hitler’s Germany as example of effective presidential system

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his desire to ensure Turkey adopts a presidential system of government and has even cited Adolf Hitler’s Germany as an example of how this can be achieved.

Speaking at a news conference, Erdogan was asked by a journalist whether Turkey would be able to keep a unitary structure of government if a presidential system was implemented.

“There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany,” he said, according to a recording broadcast by the Dogan news agency. “There are later examples in various other countries.”

Both Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have said that Ankara needs to move away from its current parliamentary system, to ensure that government becomes more streamlined. 

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“What is right for Turkey is to adopt the presidential system in line with the [democratic] spirit. This system will not evolve into dictatorship but if we do not have this spirit, even the parliamentary system can turn into this [dictatorship],” Davutoglu said in an interview with NTV, as reported by the Hurriyet Daily News. 

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who won an absolute majority in the November’s elections, are looking to adopt a new Turkish constitution to facilitate the move toward a presidential system. Opposition parties have condemned the move, saying it would give Erdogan too much power and would make it easier for him to create one-man rule. 

“[Erdogan] wants a presidential system in Turkey. He did not change his mind after the last election. I think he will force that, somehow. And I think this is the last exit before the full dictatorship for Turkey,” Ceyda Karan, an opposition journalist at Cumhuriyet newspaper, told RT. 

Meanwhile, Ronald Suny, from the University of Michigan, told RT that the move towards a presidential system was “dangerous,” especially given that around “40-45 percent” of the population oppose this.

“We’re dealing with the situation here that is close to a kind of civil war, and that is really dangerous – it is dangerous for Turkey domestically, and it is also dangerous for the international scene where Turkey, the US, Russia, Syria – all these countries, the Kurds are all involved in the struggle against ISIS in Syria and in Iraq,” Suny said in November. 

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Erdogan has already jailed a number of his political opponents and journalists who are critical of him. On New Year’s Eve, political opponent Feyzi Isbasaran was sentenced to nearly three years in jail for posting tweets deemed insulting to the Turkish president. Isbasaran is a former member of Erdogan’s own AKP party. 

Meanwhile, opposition MP Eren Erdem, from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was accused of “treason” for telling RT that Islamic State had obtained sarin gas supplies via Turkey. He also alleged that…