Erdogan assumes office with new powers; post of prime minister abolished; EU bid dead?

Erdogan assumes office with new powers; post of prime minister abolished; EU bid dead?
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[Ed. – Turkey is officially an autocracy now. A key move is reported by an expat Turkish journalist, although unconfirmed by another source: dissolution of Turkey’s Ministry for EU membership. (See tweet.) If it really has been eliminated, that’s pretty definitive.  And big.]

President Tayyip Erdogan appointed his son-in-law as Turkey’s finance minister in a new cabinet on Monday, hours after he was sworn in with sweeping new powers at the head of a country he has dominated for 15 years. …

The introduction of the new presidential system marks the biggest overhaul of governance since the Turkish republic was established on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago.

The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will now be able to select his own cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval. …

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Marc Pierini, a former EU ambassador to Turkey and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said Erdogan’s new powers would effectively make him a “super-executive president”.

“Most powers will be concentrated in his hands, there will no longer be a prime minister, and almost none of the checks and balances of liberal democracies will be present. In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalized autocracy.”

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