Why does ErdoIan want to be an executive president?

The 7 June elections are fairly critical for the near future of Turkey. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) — which has been in power for 13 years — offers nothing new other than what it calls a and”Turkish-styleand” presidential model for the future of Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to move to this model, but even his own party is not so enthusiastic in defending this idea because everybody sees why Erdogan wants this system so badly.
The corruption investigations that went public on Dec. 17 and 25 were covered up. To do this, Erdogan and the AKP suspended the law and put extreme pressure upon the judicial mechanisms. If they can, they will even take words like and”thievery,and” and”corruptionand” and and”briberyand” out of the dictionary. But even then they will not rest easy. They are aware that the truth will come out eventually. They feel they have to remain in power forever to postpone their inevitable prosecution. This is what an executive presidency means for Erdogan and the AKP, which is now filled with figures wholly in submission to him.
Despite the fact that he reshaped the party and ensured the nomination of figures loyal to him in the elections, Erdogan does not fully trust the AKP. He believes he will feel safe only if a and”Turkish-styleand” presidential system is introduced because only then will nobody be able to check his actions. This is why Erdogan wants to become an executive president. This is also why Erdogan is frantically holding an election campaign of his own because he does not find Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoiluand’s performance sufficient. He does not find the efforts of AKP figures to be enough. He sees the activities of his own support base as insufficient and unexcited.
He is alarmed by the rise of the opposition parties. For this reason — despite the fact that it means violating the constitutional requirement of presidential impartiality — he speaks every day in a political rally. In his speeches he attacks the opposition parties. This alone is sufficient proof that the June 7 elections will not be fair.
The Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) is especially targeted. The mildest accusation directed against this party is that they are extension of a terrorist organization. The prime minister and president make these accusations, but why donand’t they take legal action against this party if what they say is true?
If he had not stood firmly against Erdogan and stated that they would work to ensure that he would not be allowed to change the Constitution, Erdogan and the AKP would probably not have attacked HDP Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtai so fiercely.
Despite their frequent references to democracy, Erdogan and the AKP are afraid of a fair election. They rely on perception operations, accusations and slanders and they use public resources as their own.
I have been taking the pulse of the voters in different parts of Turkey for a while. The Kurdish voters who supported the AKP in the past elections now tend to support the HDP and Demirtai, mostly because the settlement process with regards to the Kurdish question was shelved by Erdogan. Voters are concerned that even if it passes the 10 percent election threshold required to enter Parliament, the HDP would be denied seats through manipulation. I believe that this rumor is being disseminated by the AKP to ensure that undecided voters would not support the HDP for fear of wasting their votes.
For this reason, the opposition parties should take serious measures to ensure election security and instill confidence in the process among the people.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman