Don’t let Erdogan become Sultan

April 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm (AK Party, Free Speech, Human rights, islamism, Middle East, nationalism, populism, posted by JD, religion, turkey)

Alan Thomas shared Kader Sevinc‘s post (on Facebook).

Thanks to Kader for this. Vote #hayir: don’t let Erdogan become Sultan!


“Turkish Constitutional Referendum: All you need to know” by CHP European Union Representation, Brussels

The 16 April referendum on a package of some 18 amendments to the current Constitution is about the future of Turkish democracy. What is at stake is the replacement of the current parliamentary system by an all-powerful Presidency.
The ayes claim it will make the regime “more efficient, stream-lined and more responsive to popular will”. They assert that the President – now elected by direct suffrage – must have “commensurate authority”. They declare that the Presidential system is “the answer to all the problems and challenges the country is facing at home and abroad”.

The stark reality is quite to the contrary. A “yes” vote on 16 April will have the following consequences:

It will mean the end of the separation of powers, of checks and balances because both the legislative and the judiciary branches of government will come under the control of the President.
The President, not the elected Parliament, will be making laws by issuing executive orders.
The President, not the elected Parliament, will prepare and execute the national budget – with no accountability.
The President will be able to dissolve the Parliament – at will.
The President will have the power to appoint judges to the Constitutional Court and other high judiciary bodies.
The President retains political party identity, making the Presidency a partisan institution; this contravenes Article 101 of the present Constitution that is not affected by the proposed amendments and that calls for a bi-partisan President.
The Vice-Presidents and Ministers appointed by the President will answer not to the Parliament or to the people, but only to the President.

In short, the referendum will be a choice between a parliamentary democracy and one-man rule, between saying goodbye to democracy in all its surviving manifestations and giving Turkey another chance to reclaim its secular democracy. A “yes” vote will mean Turkey’s further estrangement from the Euro-Atlantic community and the EU. A “no” vote would give the democratic, secular and liberal forces the opportunity again to turn Turkey into a progressive, forward-looking country. Whether “yes” or “no”, 16 April will be a turning point for Turkey. The people of Turkey will say “no” and choose to go forward.

Please download our publication “Turkish Constitutional Referendum: All you need to know” for detailed analysis of the current situation, full unofficial translation of the proposed changes article by article, latest poll results, CHP Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s statement ahead of referendum and unfair campaign conditions, NO campaign by photos and more.

Kader Sevinç

CHP Representative to the European Union

Party of European Socialists & Democrats (PES) Presidency Council Member


Please download “Turkish Constitutional Referendum: All you need to know” in pdf format.


  1. Mick said,

    I’m glad I read this blog. I enjoyed this just SO MUCH.

    It’s no good going to the EU, mate. They love being little suntans themselves! Whose writ runs supreme over European nation states without checks or balances, barring the nuclear option of Article 50?

    Whose EC sets the law of our land, where MEPs can only delay or approve and who are unable to propose their own bills to pass into law? Whose cliques approve their own constitutions and commissioners without recourse to elected representatives?

    And who dictates the image of the EU, its flag, theme tune and are accountable only to each other? People in the EU.

    Drowning men grasp at straws, the poor sods appealing to the EU. The EU are fools to even see Turkey as brothers but you could see how they mistake them.

    • Jim Denham said,

      “They love being little suntans themselves! “: shome mishtake, shurely?

      • Mick said,

        Indeed it was, unless you think the EU’s caught too much of the sun. But now events overtake us, as Erdogan’s won his plebiscite.

        The EU says he should respect the tight margin of that success. With the same grace and generosity with which the EU and its pals respect the Brexit vote majority, obviously.

      • Jim Denham said,


        P.S: Referendum. Not a substitute for a democratic culture, democratic parliaments, democratic separation of powers, democratic notion of the profound equality of human beings, secular state, freedom of association and freedom of speech, democratic relationships between states, cosmopolitan institutions, universities in which there is freedom of thought. etc.

      • Mick said,

        Yup. Working in reverse for us, isn’t it.

        And the EU has further embarrassment to face with Erdogan fancying a touch of the death penalty in Turkish law again. This certainly is an instant boot-out rule to make their folly of mixing apples with oranges all the more stark.

        They can’t even get on with the Poles and the Lithuanians are already sock of them. The EU can only work with like-minds, as reality tips their wheels.

      • Mick said,

        ‘Sock in it’ is another mistrake!

  2. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Turkey started the journey away from secularism some time ago.

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