MHP leader Bahceli: Erdogan striving to be Turkey’s Putin

Bahceli accused Erdogan of aiming to control the entire state system — similar to the way Putin does — after changing the regime. “He demands a presidential system in which the president can be a member of a party,” Bahceli said. “How can we be sure that he [Erdogan] will not later demand a monarchy?”

Also criticizing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for being controlled by Erdogan, Bahceli said that Davutoglu has put himself in the position of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who also acted as the Russian president from 2008 to 2012 before leaving the post for Putin.

Davutoglu must insist president remains within constitutional boundaries

Calling on Davutoglu during his speech, Bahceli said: “The nation has given the authorization. You are the government. You shouldn’t let Erdogan involve himself in the daily politics of the government and the country’s foreign policy through his polemics. You must govern [the state] and insist on the president remaining within constitutional boundaries.”

Underlining that he will continue to criticize Erdogan and his policies, Bahceli, however, rejected Putin’s claims accusing Erdogan and his family of involvement in oil trade with the radical terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “Humiliating the Turkish president in this way has hurt our national feelings,” he said.

Bahceli also noted that Turkish politics is unable to act with common sense regarding the developments near its borders. He blamed Erdogan for this failure as he plans to transfer the parliamentary system to a presidential one to secure his own political future, while the government puts the country’s diplomatic relations in chaos.

On his way back to Turkey from Azerbaijan last week, Davutoglu told reporters that “one should not see this as a point of difference by talking too much [about the presidential system]. It is not Turkey’s top agenda item.”

Davutoglu’s statement came after remarks by President Erdogan calling for a shift to a presidential system of government appeared in the media on the same day.

President Erdogan proposed, in remarks to reporters as he flew back from Qatar last week, that Turkey should switch to a “partisan presidency” system, which would be somewhat similar to the one in place in France.

The Turkish Constitution does not allow the president to be a partisan figure, stipulating that the president’s ties to a political party be severed and their position in Parliament terminated upon election to office.