Erdogan’s Bigger Game: Change the Constitution

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Nov. 3, reflected on the AKP’s rise: “Not only a new party came to power, but a revolution in mentality took place.”

Erdogan is contemplating another major change in Turkish politics: rewriting the constitution so that the country’s parliamentary system becomes a presidential one. If he succeeds, he would have the opportunity to continue as president with even more power until at least 2023, Turkey’s centennial.

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