Politics 16:16 13/12/2019 Region

Former PM calls for overhaul of Turkey in challenge to Erdogan

Turkey’s ex-premier Ahmet Davutoglu took aim at his former boss Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, saying the country was being held back by a concentration of power, economic crisis and an atmosphere of fear as he called for an overhaul of the political system, Reuters reports. 

“Those ruling Turkey have no agenda other than staying in power,” Davutoglu said as he announced his new party, which could further erode support for Erdogan after his ruling AKP suffered election setbacks in local elections earlier this year.

A day after applying to establish the breakaway Future Party, Davutoglu said Turkey’s judiciary had turned into a mechanism “feared rather than trusted” and that its economy was in “deep crisis”.

Davutoglu, 60, announced his resignation from the Islamist-rooted AKP in September, saying the party which has dominated Turkish politics for 17 years was no longer able to solve the country’s problems and was stifling internal debate.

“Despite all the pressure and the atmosphere of fear which they have tried to create...we have come together to set out a democratic and prosperous future for our country,” he said.

Davutoglu served as prime minister from 2014 to 2016, before falling out with the president and being replaced by another Erdogan loyalist as Turkey moved to a presidential system.

Without naming Erdogan, he sharply criticized the concentration of power around a leader who has ruled Turkey since early 2003, first as prime minister and then as president.

“The presidential system was constructed with the thought of transferring as much power as possible to the executive and increasing influence over the legislative and judiciary,” he said.

He said it was essential to fight corruption and guarantee the separation of powers, adding that efforts to control the judiciary must be seen as “the greatest of crimes”.

“We defend a democratic parliamentary system,” he added, calling for a new constitution.

Davutoglu resigned two months after former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan also left the AKP, citing deep differences. Babacan will announce his own rival political party within weeks, a source close to him said.

Polls show support for the new parties and their leaders in single percentage point figures, meaning they could pose little challenge to Erdogan and the AKP on their own.

However, after defeat in mayoral elections in Ankara and Istanbul this year, and with economic difficulties eroding his voter base, any loss of support could hit efforts to extend Erdogan’s rule. Elections are not scheduled until 2023.



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

19:31
EU to cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75 percent
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has written a letter to the European Parliament in which he states that the EU will cut pre-accession aid...
18:25
Bernard Arnault unseats Jeff Bezos as world's richest person - Forbes
Bernard Arnault unseats Jeff Bezos as world's richest person - Forbes Jeff Bezos, the founder and president of Amazon is no longer the...
18:08
Winners of the Armenian Ski Championships named
The first phase of the Armenian Ski Championships concluded in Ashotsk, attended by some 30 athletes. As the Ski Federation reported, Katya...
16:18
Massive dust storms in Australia hit central New South Wales
Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some...
16:05
Armenian wrestler Arsen Julfalakyan wins gold at Denmark tournament
Armenian wrestler Arsen Julfalakyan (77 kg) has won a gold medal at the Thor Masters international tournament held in Nykøbing Falster,...
15:44
Prince Harry ‘sad’ to leave royal duties
Britain's Prince Harry said on Sunday it brought him "great sadness" to depart his royal duties after agreeing with Queen...
15:36
Expert: No guarantees that Azerbaijan won’t attempt to repeat Baku pogroms
Factually, Azerbaijan remained unpunished for perpetrating the pogroms of Armenians in Baku, expert in Azerbaijani studies Anzhela Elibegova...
14:45
World's billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people, report says
The world's billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people and the world's richest 1% own more than double the wealth of 6.9...
14:37
Armenia’s Tsaghkadzor among top 10 CIS ski resorts
The TourStat agency has released its list of the most popular CIS ski resorts for leisure and travel this year for Russian tourists on the...
14:18
Malaysia sends back trash, says won’t be world’s waste bin
Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment...
13:48
Gas price change could not be envisaged in budge, says Armenia's finance minister
The draft budget was ready as early as August of last year, and therefore in a state of uncertainty to that extent, a change in the natural gas...
13:35
China confirms spread of new virus as cases surge
An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a...
13:23
Supporters demand release of Armenian TV station owner outside Yerevan court
A group of supporters of Armen Tavadyan, the owner of Armenian TV station Fifth Channel, are protesting in front of the Yerevan Court of...
12:57
Artsakh president: Professional judicial system crucial for establishment of democratic state
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan attended on Monday, January 20, a solemn event marking the Day of the Judicial System Worker. The...
12:51
Ex-Armenian security chief: ‘It’s time to sober up and stop’
Former Director of Armenia’s National Security Service, Major-General Artur Vanetsyan took to Twitter on Sunday to call for an end to...
12:31
Armenian wrestler beats Azerbaijani rival to win France tournament
Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Aleksanyan (97 kg) defeated his Azerbaijani opponent in the final of Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane in...
12:07
Iran aims to examine downed plane's black boxes, no plan yet to send them abroad
Iran said on Sunday it was trying to analyze the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that its military shot down this month, denying a report...
12:00
‘Shame on you’: German basses, Armenian actor slam Azeri tenor’s move to force Armenian soprano out of Dresden concert
Prominent Armenian actor Vartan Petrossian has strongly condemned the Dresden opera incident involving an Armenian singer as a...
10:56
Meghan's father says his daughter and Harry are 'cheapening the royals'
The Duchess of Sussex's father has accused her of cheapening the royals as she and her husband prepare to step back from their...
10:48
Armenian parliament kicks off first session of 2020
The Armenian National Assembly started its first regular session of 2020 on Monday, January 20. The agenda of the session includes 43 items,...
10:30
Monday morning update on road conditions
Some roads are closed or difficult to pass in the territory of Armenia as of 8am Monday, January 20, the Ministry of Emergency Situations...
10:20
World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya’s war
At a Berlin summit, World leaders committed on Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libya’s war and to uphold a weapons embargo, as a...
10:00
Trump legal team calls impeachment 'brazen' attempt to overturn election
Donald Trump’s legal team has delivered a fiery response to impeachment summons from the Senate, calling the two articles passed by the...
20:00
St. Sargis Day to be celebrated on February 8
The Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the holiday of St. Sargis, the patron of the young and those in love on February 8, Araratian...
19:26
The Armenian Ski Championships underway in Ashotsk
The Armenian Ski Championships continue in Ashotsk, north of Armenia. The event has brought together 531 skiers from Gyumri, Ashotsk, Vanadzor...
19:11
Woman was tied to a car and dragged through the roads - MP recalls stories from anti-Armenian pogroms
We should not believe that the time will change the perpetrators of genocides, Armenian lawmaker Sasun Mikayelyan stated on Saturday at the...
19:00
Majority of Japanese population tolerate capital punishment system
Japanese Cabinet Office survey showed Friday that 80.8 per cent of the Japanese public tolerates the capital punishment system, The Jiji Press...
18:48
Air temperature will go up by 6-8 degrees in the coming days
Snow is predicted in most regions of Armenia at night of January 19-20, no precipitation is predicted in the daytime of January 20-22, Hydromet...
18:20
Azerbaijani authorities until now conceal their genocidal actions - joint statement of Armenia-Artsakh Inter-Parliamentary Committee
Special sitting of the inter-parliamentary committee on cooperation between the National Assemblies of Artsakh and Armenia took place in Yerevan...
18:00
Artsakh president’s spokesperson to run for parliamentary elections
Davit Babayan, Spokesperson of Artsakh Republic President will run for parliamentary election with his own Conservative Party of Artsakh (CPA)....

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}