Confession from Erdogan: We consolidate this power in one person
According to a news in Cumhuriyet daily, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan almost confessed in a speech he made in Elazig where he attended an opening ceremony: “Have we seen in this country that the president has thrown a constitution booklet at the prime minister? Now we are eliminating this too. There will be no controversy because the powers of president and prime minister will unite in the same person. We are now consolidating power under one person’s rule, so we will not face these kinds of issues.”
Erdogan, despite the reaction, continued his words relating to the citizens who will vote ‘No’ with the terror.
Erdogan addressed the HDP voters after many polls showed that “No” votes were ahead: “I am thankful to Mr. Bahceli. Now, it is the turn of the bases of these parties. My brothers who lose their hearts to the AK Party, my brothers who lose their hearts to the CHP, I am calling to you, and even my brothers who lose their hearts to the HDP, I am calling to you as well. In this unity and togetherness, come and unite.”
The headlines of President Erdogan’s speech are as follows:
I know well Elaziz, the city of Fethi Sekin, the martyr who stopped the terrorists who attacked the courthouse in Izmir.
There is a new and important opportunity in front of us. This opportunity is a constitutional amendment for the transition to the presidential system. Are we ready for this?
Today, some of those who oppose the amendment of the constitution are opposed because they do not know the pros and cons of it.
I want to express in your presence what constitutional amendment brings.
The regime is not changing. The Parliament and the Council of Ministers continue with different names. Someone is trying to blur our people’s heads.
Erdogan: Even my brothers who lose their hearts to the HDP, I am also calling to you
What is being done now is the rearrangement of the legislative, executive, and judiciary. None of these bodies are being eliminated. But their tasks are being re-defined.
The first step of the new system was taken in 2007. The second step is the election of your this brother as president in 2014. Now we will put the name of the system exactly.
The name of this system is the presidential government system.
The president, who is entrusted the presidential duty for a five years period in elections, will fulfill his duty without giving any account to anybody else from the nation.
We are increasing the number of deputies from 550 to 600. We do not make double houses like the USA.
“We are concentrating this power in one person”
Have we seen in this country that the president has thrown a constitution booklet at the prime minister? Now we are eliminating this too. There will be no controversy because the powers of president and prime minister will unite in the same person. We are now concentrating this power under in one person.
Also referring to the current system where the prime minister acts as the head of the government and the head of her/his party and the president is constitutionally obligated to remain ‘impartial’ and unaffiliated with any political party, Erdogan said: “We are lifting the condition of the breaking off president’s ties with his/her party. Could there be something like being impartial in a person’s character?”
Age 18 is both age of vote, and age of being elected. Didn’t Fatih open an epoch and close an era in his 21? You can open it, too.
I want to see elected young people between 18 and 25 years old in our parliament. I want in our cabinet as well.
My brothers and sisters, you will prove to all Turkey, all the world your right to vote given to you, by claiming the constitutional amendment.
Erdogan, in response to the slogans that “We want death penalty back”, said: “As you know, I approve this, after April 16, after our parliament passed this constitutional amendment. What does my Lord say, I look at that. The state may forgive the crimes committed against itself, but can not forgive the citizen’s murderer. I hope those days are close.”
Is there a guarantee that I can live till April 16th? This course goes like how my God defined it. We have a place to go. 2 cubic meters of pit.
If you did evil, you will be remembered with it. If you did good, you will be remembered with it.
The leader has three important tasks. One is consultation. Two, (s)he rules with justice. Three, (s)he delivers the state to those who are qualified and competent.
Why did the mothers weeping in front of Diyarbakır Municipality cry? Their children were abducted to the mountain. Those who abducted them now are saying ‘No’. There are those who act with them. Those who oppose terrorists, will say ‘Yes’. Those who martyred Fethi Sekin are saying ‘No’.
Translated by Şeref Güçlü