whether the covert policy behind this is pindo or israeli, it is in any case jewish, so don’t be fooled by any bluster from turkey about gaza or anything else

Erdogan preparing to replace Davutoglu
Orhan Coskun, Ercan Gurses, Ayla Jean Yackley, Nick Tattersall, Reuters, May 4 2016

ANKARA – Turkey’s ruling party is set to replace PM Davutoglu at an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks, no fewer than five AK boxtops confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday, signalling the end of his term as premier and plunging the country into further political uncertainty. The decision came after a meeting of more than 90 mins between Davutoglu and Erdogan that followed weeks of increasingly public tension between the two. Erdogan wants an executive presidency in Turkey to replace the current parliamentary system, a plan for which Davutoglu has offered only lukewarm support. His departure is likely to pave the way for a successor more willing to back Erdogan’s ambition of changing the constitution and strengthening the presidency, a move which obviously will herald growing authoritarianism. One of the officials told Reuters:

The president and prime minister reached agreement on the congress. I don’t think Davutoglu will be a candidate again.

Erdogan already serves as prime minister in practice. The lira weakened more than 4% against the dollar, its weakest since the end of February. Wolfango Piccoli of Teneo Intelligence (whatever the hell that is – RB), said:

Davutoglu’s likely early exit as party leader and PM constitutes another episode that show that Erdogan’s dominance over the AKP and the executive is absolute and unchallenged. In the short term, policy paralysis will prevail, and then once a new party leader is elected, a more incisive effort to amend the constitution could ensue.

The AKP boxtop said the congress would be held between May 21 and Jun 6, the first day of Ramadan, and that Erdogan was adamant there should be no vacuum of power at the head of government. Three sources close to the presidency said possible successors included govt spox Kurtulmus and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. Transport Minister Binali Yildirim and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak (Erdogan’s son-in-law) have also been touted as possibles. Erdogan’s drive to tighten his grip on power has caused an increasingly open rift with Davutoglu. Erdogan wants a robust presidential system as a guarantee against the fractious coalition politics that hampered Turkey in the 1990s. His opponents see a stronger presidency as a vehicle for his own ambition. Such a system would have seen Davutoglu, a more mild-mannered academic and former diplomat who lacks Erdogan’s natural appeal to crowds, sidelined. The two have governed in a strained alliance since Erdogan won the presidency in 2014 and Davutoglu replaced him as prime minister. Aides to Davutoglu had largely dismissed the tensions as matters of style rather than substance. But in the clearest sign yet of a power struggle, the authority to appoint candidates to provincial AKP posts was taken from Davutoglu last week. The move reduced Davutoglu’s hold over the party grass-roots and cemented Erdogan’s influence. The two leaders have appeared at odds over the deal with the EU, Davutoglu’s project, and its future may be less certain after his departure. Erdogan has at times appeared to belittle Davutoglu’s progress. Erdogan said recently about the much-prized visa-free entry to the EU:

During my time as prime minister it was announced it would come in Oct 2016. I don’t understand why bringing it forward four months is presented as a win. I’m saddened by the presentation of small things in a bigger light.

Former diplomat and political commentator Sinan Ulgen of the EDAM think-tank whatever in Istanbul said:

(The two have always faced a) fundamental dilemma. Erdogan’s end goal is to consolidate enough popular support to switch to a presidential system. Davutoglu’s end goal is to consolidate his own power and be a successful prime minister.

2 Comments

  1. Posted May 11, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    A document has been circulated.

    Turkey experienced a sort of a “coup” last week, just to use the terminology of the new ruling elite. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who had won a sweeping electoral victory just six months ago, was forced to leave his job. …

    … a document … explained how Davutoglu “betrayed” Erdogan by, first, not pushing enough for “the presidential system” that the latter is passionate about and also by “collaborating with the West and its Trojan horses [inside Turkey] who want to topple the chief.” …

  2. Posted May 15, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    In the interests, I presume, of maintaining a position contradictory ambiguity on the issue🙂 , Hurryiet today reports that the collaborator Davutoğlu attended the wedding of Erdogan’s daughter!

    … Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter Sümeyye Erdoğan and Selçuk Bayraktar, the defense sector industrialist who develops unmanned air vehicles with his father Özdemir Bayraktar, tied the knot on May 14 at a ceremony held int the Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul.

    Former President Abdullah Gül and outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu were the witnesses at the wedding registered by Mayor Kadir Topbaş. …

    And in other news Middle East Eye reports that Davutoğlu is a keen supporter Erdogan’s neo-Ottomanism style rejig of the region,

    …”We have always opposed Sykes-Picot because Sykes-Picot divided our region and alienated our cities from each other,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in March.

    He said the turmoil of the Arab Spring was used to thwart Turkish plans to reverse the outcome of the Sykes-Picot accord, such as by creating a free economic zone with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. …

    … and guess what?, according to Davutoğlu, it’s the Kurds who are holding up the new age of peace, harmony and prosperity (AKP style) in the region.

    “… Now Turkey’s enemies are working to create a “new Sykes-Picot” by dividing up Iraq and Syria, he said, as Kurds in particular seek their own autonomous regions. …”

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