Is Recep Tayyip Erdogan planting the seeds for long-term control of Turkey? According to The Telegraph, he’s planning to make running the country more of a family business:
Turkey’s president is reportedly planning to launch his son and daughter into politics in what his opponents fear could be a move towards creating an enduring political dynasty.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been accused of behaving like a modern-day sultan with his dictatorial policies and construction of a1,000 room, multi-million pound palace, has grand plans for his son, Bilal, 35, and daughter, Sumeyye, 30.
Both are tipped to stand in parliamentary elections in June for their father’s ruling Justice and Development Party, according to analysts and press reports in Turkey.
On the one hand, Erdogan might just have short-term motives for his move: if his kids are in Parliament, they’ll be immune from any further prosecution on corruption charges. Both were heavily implicated in a corruption scandal that almost brought the President down last year. On the other hand, Erdogan has made it to where he has by thinking long-term. Nobody quite knows where his vision for his own role will lead, but he’s pushing Turkey somewhere post-democratic and Islamist (though how much so, in each case, remains a matter of debate). It’s no wonder that the word “sultan” is back on some lips in Turkey.