Erdogan Cites Hitler's Germany As Exemplar Presidential System
Sun, January 3, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan (Photo: © Reuters)
Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan drew criticism after comparing his desired presidential system for Turkey with that of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
He was asked by a reporter on December 31 if it was possible to have an executive presidential system in Turkey.
“There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler's Germany” Erdogan replied. "There are later examples in various other countries.”
Erdogan has long sought to convert the Turkish presidency from a ceremonial role to an executive position like that in the United States.
His AKP party failed to gain a two-thirds majority in parliament in the last election, meaning it does not have the legislative power to change the constitution. After snap elections in November, Erdogan arrested journalists, police officers, state governors and many officials allegedly connected to Erdogan’s rival and enemy Fethullah Gulen in sweeping dawn raids across 18 provinces.
Erdogan has now claimed his comments about Hitler were “misconstrued.”
“Erdogan's 'Hitler's Germany' metaphor has been distorted by some news sources and has been used in the opposite sense,” the presidency announced in a statement, according to Reuters. “If the system is abused it may lead to bad management resulting in disasters as in Hitler's Germany ... The important thing is to pursue fair management that serves the nation.”
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