Erdogan's legitimate sultanate

25.06.2018

On Sunday, early presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Turkey. Henceforth, in accordance with the referendum held last year in Turkey, after the holding of these elections, constitutional amendments entered into force. In case of Erdogan's defeat and his Justice and Development Party, the opposition was ready to cancel the transition of Turkey to the presidential form of government.

The countries of the West, accustomed to interfering in the internal affairs of the East, also opposed the rejection of "loose" parliamentarism. But Erdogan won the presidential election with 52.5%. The ruling AKP with 42.5%, together with its allies from the National Movement Party, which gained 11.1%, won the majority in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Calculating the opposition that it will challenge the power of a weak AKP in parliament has also failed.

For the "three", the Republican People's Party (22.7%), the pro-Kurdish Party of Peoples (11.6%) and the "splitters" from the camp of nationalists - the Good Party (10%) could not even get half of the votes.

"I am the State"

Opponents of the Turkish president in Tel Aviv and Berlin are already sounding the alarm. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote before the announcement of the final results that "Erdogan's victory paved the way for autocracy." The German magazine Der Spiegel, who with enviable activity is writing articles about the political crisis of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, perhaps not without envy ascertains the strengthening of the vertical of power and political stability in Turkey.

The new presidential system, which finally comes into effect with these elections, gives it (Erdogan - ed.) Authority, which none of the Turkish politicians had since the time of the founder of the state Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Erdogan is now the head of state and government,

- writes Der Spiegel.

Indeed, after June 24, Erdogan received very broad powers: the appointment and dismissal of ministers and vice-presidents, as well as the majority of constitutional judges; the holding of referenda and the declaration of emergency with the approval of Parliament; dissolution of parliament on any occasion; the announcement of early parliamentary and presidential elections, with the support of 3/5 members of parliament; single-person implementation of executive power through decrees without the adoption of laws.

This is - as for the internal situation.

A strong and cemented political platform gives Erdogan confidence in the external frontiers. It is an opportunity to act outside without regard to and approval within the country. Here it is worth noting that the President of Turkey is heavily responsible. Now the demand for any oversights will be directly from him, and incidents like a shot down Su-24 Russian fighter will now not be able to blame former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu or the Gulenists. Now, as Der Spiegel wrote, "The state is Erdogan."

"President Putin and I"

In the geopolitical sense, Erdogan's victory means that Turkey will continue to hold a mansion in the Atlantic camp, although remaining a member of NATO. After all, all the other candidates - Muharrem Inge, Selahattin Demirtash, Meral Akshener - spoke with pro-Western positions and intended to restore proximity to the EU and NATO.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, the Atlantists are likely to interfere with the strengthening of Turkish positions in Eurasia, threatening the Presidential Palace in Ankara with sanctions and collapsing the Turkish lira. And, of course, let's forget about Turkey's accession to the EU. At least up to 20 23 years.