Possible dictatorship after Turkish Referendum

This Sunday, Turkish citizens go to the polls to vote in a referendum which will shape the future of their country.

They will decide whether to give more powers to their President Recep Tayyip Erdogan only nine months after an attempted military coup.

The change of power will mean that Turkey no longer has a prime minister or cabinet and the President would be able to issue executive orders and new laws.

Among other perks, the president will be able to appoint whoever he wanted to help him run the country.

The biggest and ruling AK party states that Turkey’s parliamentary system hasn’t worked. Fatih Tuna, Istanbul AK Party Vice Chairman, said: “Even though the economy has improved there was still a coup attempt and we don’t want to have to face this every 15 years.”

This kind of decision, weather to vote for that and say yes in the referendum or not is invoking strong emotions amongst Turks.

Those who are against it fear the changes will turn the position of President into a virtual dictator, for example a Turkish citizen Emine Ozbay, 47 said: “I love our President. I cannot criticize the way he governs. It’s faultless. But I am worried about the future after him. Who will follow him?”

Ibrahim Kaboglu is a leading professor in constitutional law – he’s deeply concerned about the repercussions of the referendum. He is one of tens of thousands of liberals, journalists and academics who’ve already been removed from their positions following the coup attempt.

He said: “You give most of the executive and judicial power to the same person and you rid him of accountability. There are no checks and balances left then.”