Turkey to vote on Erdogan Powers
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Turkey to vote on Erdogan Powers

By TwoScoopsPlissken following x   2017 Apr 15, 12:58pm 372 views   4 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

It’s been just nine months since Erdogan beat off a military coup. Now, Turkey’s leader of 14 years is on the cusp of a victory that would make him one of the G-20’s most powerful elected heads of state. Constitutional amendments being considered would give him the authority to appoint ministers and judges at his discretion and call elections at any time.

He’s been setting the stage for this vote since winning the presidency in 2014 and turning what was a largely ceremonial role into a nexus of authority. In the process, he quashed protests and muzzled critics in the media, undermining civil liberties in the majority-Muslim nation. Under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the coup attempt, Erdogan fired more than 100,000 people and jailed 40,000, among them academics, journalists and judges.


What a great NATO member!

(Also, being President of Turkey for 14 continuous years is okay. No rigged elections, nothing to worry about. Only when "other" Presidents serve for less time and not consecutively, that's a sign they're a dictator.)

1   Blurtman   ignore (1)   2017 Apr 15, 1:03pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

The Return of the Hun.

2   TwoScoopsPlissken   ignore (0)   2017 Apr 15, 1:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Blurtman says

The Return of the Hun.

Erdogan is searching for the girl with Jade Eyes.

3   Tenpoundbass   ignore (6)   2017 Apr 15, 1:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

He's expected to win like Hillary was expected to win the Primaries.

4   curious2   ignore (1)   2017 Apr 15, 3:30pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

I predict he will win, because he campaigns as the more Islamic candidate in a country that is more than 90% Muslim. Islam exerts a gravitational force, pulling people down towards Sharia. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Caliphate, Ataturk established secularism. Ataturk's legacy seems unlikely to last much longer though, because it contradicts the fundamental beliefs of most of the population. Already Turkey fails to meet the human rights standards of the EU (or even NATO if NATO were honest about it), and soon it will gravitate ineluctably towards Sharia, as Islam commands.

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