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Turkey to vote on Erdogan Powers

By anonymous following x   2017 Apr 15, 12:58pm 319 views   5 comments   watch   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.


https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-15/erdogan-s-bid-for-sweeping-power-set-to-climax-with-sunday-vote

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   TwoScoopsMcGee   ignore (1)   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.

5   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Dec 1, 3:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Bombshell testimony implicates Erdogan in Iran sanctions evasion.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan personally signed off on a scheme that aimed to skirt sanctions placed on Iran, Reza Zarrab said in court on Wednesday.

Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader involved in the alleged scam to smuggle gold for oil, has been cooperating as a witness for US Federal prosecutors after pleading guilty to conspiring to evade the sanctions.

“The prime minister at that time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, … had given instructions, had given an order, for [Ziraat and Vakif banks] to start doing the trade,” Zarrab was quoted as testifying.

Washington DC-based Al-Monitor broke down Wednesday’s courtroom drama, as well as the reaction in Turkey.

Zarrab told the court in minute detail, complete with flow charts, how the scheme worked. He admitted to bribing top Turkish government officials with tens of millions of dollars, saying former economy minister Zafer Caglayan was among the chief beneficiaries.

Pro-Erdogan Turkish papers ignored the story entirely, or dismissed the court proceedings as a show supported by Fethullam Gulen, the man accused of planning a failed coup attempt against Erdogan last year.

“There is a simultaneous effort to ignore and discredit the Zarrab case, while invoking it as needed to accuse Kilicdaroglu of acting on behalf of foreign powers,” senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Nicholas Danforth, told Al-Monitor. “My fear is that if [the corruption claim] pushes him [Erdogan] to intensify his crackdown on domestic opposition — as suggested by the rhetoric and charges against Kilicdaroglu — it could further erode his veneer of democratic legitimacy and make an already volatile situation worse.”

More: http://www.atimes.com/article/bombshell-testimony-implicates-erdogan-iran-sanctions-evasion/

Trump loves this guy too. Our wonderful allies in the Middle East. Why are we there again ?

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