President Erdoğan Cites Hitler’s Nazi Germany As Example For ‚New Turkey‘

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cited Hitler’s Germany as an example for effective government in Turkey.

Speaking on his return from Saudi Arabia earlier today, Erdoğan, who wants to change the parliamentary system in Turkey into an executive presidential system within a unitary-state structure, in which power will be concentrated in his hands, said, „There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany.“

Discussions and the need for a new constitution are agreed on by all parties in Turkey’s Grand Assembly but the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which Erdoğan founded, are attempting to reign in opposition parties using recent unrest, into supporting a presidential system. Commentators say the proposed new system promises to be more authoritarian and anti-democratic than the post 1980 military coup constitution.

The leftist pro-autonomy Peoples‘ Democratic Party (HDP), the only opposition party with a democratic alternative proposal, seeks to devolve power to regional and local assemblies, while strengthening decision-making at the local level. A declaration was made at the Democratic Society Congress in Amed (Diyarbakir) recently, outlining the proposal of the HDP and other leftist, Kurdish and progressive parties. The model proposed by the HDP aslo seeks to resolve the Kurdish question in Turkey.

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