Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Erdogan: Turkey to fully switch to presidential form of gov't in 2019

Turkish parliament bombing on July 15 'shocked' envoys Erdogan: Turkey to fully switch to presidential form of gov't in 2019
Lillian Steele | 15 July, 2017, 00:43

Around 250 people died during the two days of the coup, including 67 soldiers and police officers loyal to President Erdogan who have been turned into "martyrs" in the a year ago.

Turkey's government is looking to extend the ongoing state of emergency by another three months, the prime minister said on Friday ahead of the anniversary of the failed coup past year.

The events dedicated to the anniversary of the military coup attempt are being held in 81 Turkish provinces July 11-16.

Still, after a tumultuous year, Mr. Erdogan's justifications for his post-coup norm are beginning to wear thin - and even starting to be drowned out by criticism from Turkey's newly energized opposition, putting pressure on an increasingly authoritarian president still reliant on democratic institutions. "If Erdogan is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics", he said as quoted by Independent.

Speaking about the ongoing crisis involving Qatar and four Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, Erdogan said that Turkey was not part of the rift and that the country wanted to promote "dialogue and peace" in the Gulf region, the BBC reported on Wednesday. "They try to make robots out of genuine people", he said. Eser was detained earlier this month along with seven other rights activists and two foreign trainers.

Erdogan said the claims his country persecuted journalists were lies, despite the fact that hundreds of press passes had been removed in the a year ago.

The minister took issue with efforts by detractors to smear President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reputation as a leader to the extent of labelling him as a dictator.

"Accusations against me related to the coup attempt are baseless, politically motivated slanders", Gulen, who lives at a compound in rural Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

The rally, protesting the post-coup crackdown, called for an end to the State of Emergency that was declared shortly after the attempted coup, that has allowed the Turkish government to rule by decree, without having to consult parliament. It's so unfortunate as it seems they see this march as a support for Gullenists or for terror - I mean this could not be more wrong.

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