Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turkey: The slide towards dictator for life continues

(Ankara) Last month the Turkish Government approved a bill which will allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to run for two further terms in office, potentially allowing him to rule Turkey until 2029.  Currently the law only allows the Turkish President to only serve one five year term. He is being backed by the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) and its nationalist allies in parliament. However the final say goes down to the people who will vote next month on the 16thApril 2017.

Since the constitutional referendum was set in motion, Erdoğan and his lackeys have set about galvanising the masses in which to get them all voting for a dictator for life. Which is why his minions have been sent across the world in which to garner the expat vote. Problems arose in Holland when the government there said no to Turkish political rallies days before the Dutch went to the ballot box last week. As we saw that didn't go down well with the Turks and so they have been publicly painting Europe as a cesspit full of Nazis and that they would set in motion Turkish protection squads to protect the faithful in Non-Islamic Europe.

It appears that identity politics is a winner inside Turkey, which explains why Erdogan said today:

"Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground, If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. Europe will be damaged by this. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy," 

Well it appears that Mrs Merkel isn't listening to what the Turkish pocket dictator has to say by rejecting an unusually high number of requests for arms exports to Turkey in recent months. The irony here is, the Germans are citing Human rights abuses in Turkey as the reason why

The things that pocket dictators will say and do, in which to ensure they get elected for life. Including it appears slagging off your oldest ally