Marc Pierini, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, has argued in an Op-Ed article that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has managed to fully concolidate his long-desired one-man-rule regime in Turkey, which now knows “no limits despite its economic cost.”
Mr Pierini, whose research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective, argued in his piece published online at the Carneige Europe’s website, that it was doubtful that Erdoğan would relinquish power without a fight regardless of the consequences for Turkey.
“Hardly any area of public life is not in his hands. It would seem that Turkey’s one-man-rule system knows no limits despite its economic cost, dissent within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and international criticism. But to liberal Turks and to Western observers, such a trend looks utterly unsustainable. In a democracy, leaders and systems are not forever,” Pierini wrote.
The professor also criticized Turkey’s recent removal of several elected Kurdish mayors in SE Turkey.
“On August 19, the democratically elected mayors of the Kurdish areas of Diyarbakır, Mardin, and Van were dismissed by Ankara and replaced by governmental appointees. This was a blatant breach of democracypresented as part of the fight against Kurdish terrorism. International criticism doesn’t matter much here. What’s significant is that Turkey’s leaders are still a long way from making peace with the Kurds, who make up 20 percent of the country’s population, after Ankara scrapped a reconciliation process in 2015,” he noted.
In a controversial move on Monday, the Turkish Interior Ministry removed three elected mayors in Van, Mardin and Diyarbakır from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) claiming that they have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).