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The Evolution of Erdogan
Erdogan Lays Groundwork for a Sultanate

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.

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  • Fat_Man

    Why are these people our allies?

    • Jrggrop

      Because Russia exists.

      • Curious Mayhem

        Well, yes, the Bosphorus.

        • Fat_Man

          Russia was our problem 20 years ago. But, that was then, and this is now. Look, If Russia wants Greece, they are welcome to it.

          • gabrielsyme

            Greece would be more use to Western civilisation as an ally of Russia than as a client of Germany.

    • S.C. Schwarz

      Because he is fundamentally attracted to authoritarian rule? All this constitutional stuff is such a nuisance when you’re the smartest man in the world.

  • Andrew Allison

    Why is a dynasty in Turkey bad while those in the mid-East and elsewhere are OK?

    • Fat_Man

      It is not a matter of principles, it is a matter of who is our friend.

      • Andrew Allison

        I agree. I was simply drawing attention the the double standard at work here. What should matter is not the nature of a country’s government, but their friendship. It’s part of the problem about which
        I’ve commented before, namely the ridiculous conceit that representative democracy is the only acceptable form of government.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Once upon a time Turkey was admired for being 98% Muslim but not necessarily acting that way in government and public matters.
    Erdogan either understands that the modern trend is for Islamic-populated nations to devolve into chaos unless “firmly” controlled, and he sees himself as preventing that chaos problem for Turkey—–or, he’s an unfortunate nut.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Erdogan wakes up each morning and sees a Caliph in the mirror, his own dynasty.

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