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Wanted: New Grand Vizier for Turkey's Sultan
by Burak Bekdil
Burak Bekdil, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
From the article:
But why were the committee's 50 members so mean to a super-popular (and successful, in his account) leader? Simply because he was not a leader, but just a Grand Vizier appointed 20 months ago by the Sultan who goes by the title President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Indeed, Davutoglu's resignation was a "necessity," not his choice. It was a necessity because the Sultan wanted a lower-profile, more obedient Grand Vizier, who would work in line with the Sultan's priorities, and not his own. No doubt, Davutoglu has been loyal to Erdogan. Even as he announced his resignation he pledged full fidelity to the president and the party. And he meant it.
So, what was the problem? Simple: Erdogan wanted a Sultan-Grand Vizier partnership, whereas Davutoglu mistakenly thought that the two Islamist comrades were the President and Prime Minister.
Davutoglu's departure seals two more facts about Turkey:
- What many critics call a "Palace coup" illustrates that the Turkish constitution is, effectively, null and void and,
- The office of the prime minister, from now on, will be a secretariat of the president's palace, whoever gets the job.