Signs that Erdogan’s Presidential dreams fade away

Signs that Erdogan’s Presidential dreams fade away


By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

In Turkey they are starting to talk of the possibility of a 4th term of the Prime Minister’s office for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since it seems that the Turkish Prime Minister will have trouble becoming President, like he was planning a few months ago.

“The Justice and Development party (AKP) can change its regulations in order to allow Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be a candidate for a fourth term of office as a Prime Minister ‘in case of an emergency'”, stated the government’s deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc. This statement can be an insinuation of the deputy prime minister to Erdogan, since he does not agree with his plans regarding the Presidential Office of Turkey. AKP’s statute says that MP’s and Ministers cannot be elected on more than 3 terms of office. If they complete three terms they must take on other duties inside the party and be candidates on the next elections.

Erdogan is planning to run for President in the elections on August 2014. If he is elected, the current President, Abdullah Gul, is considered the main candidate for AKP’s leadership and the Prime Minister’s Office.

However, the corruption scandals that have forced 4 ministers to resign and the clash with Gulen’s islamic order have reduced the power of the Turkish Prime Minister. Political analysts estimate that Erdogan will finalize his decisions regarding his political future immediately after the results of the local elections that will take place on March 30.