Friday, January 1, 2016

Turkish Pres. Erdogan Lauds Hitler's Presidency; Says It's Good Example of Power He Would Like

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes the Third Reich presidency of Adolf Hitler is a good example of the kind of executive power he would like to have, the Daily Caller website reports today (January 1, 2016).

In an interview late yesterday with reporters, Erdogan was asked if it is possible his proposed plan to transform the president from a ceremonial office to the role of a chief executive could work without disrupting Turkey's unitary political structure.

"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 and his ruling AK Party are looking to change Turkey's constitution after winning back the majority in parliament in last November's elections. Opposing parties would also like to revise the constitution, but they do not support the plan to create a more powerful presidency as they feel it would potentially lead to the office becoming too authoritarian.

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