Double challenge from Erdogan and Akar: “Greece has no value in NATO”
In new provocative statements against Greece proceeded o Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president answering a question about post uploaded by NATO about the Asia Minor Disaster and then “taken down” he claimed, among other things, that “Greece has no value in NATO”.
He claimed that NATO was conducting its own maneuver and declared that it was a separate force along with Turkey[…] The fact that Greece feels uncomfortable and has a negative attitude towards NATO does not weaken Turkey-NATO relations, because a NATO without Turkey cannot be imagined. Greece has no value in NATO anyway.”
“If there is Turkey, NATO is strong, without Turkey, NATO is weak,” he stressed.
Incendiary Akar: Turkey will continue to retaliate against the “insolence” of Greece
Earlier the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar declared in a military ceremony that Turkey would continue to retaliate against Greece’s “insolence”.
Also, Hulusi Akar claimed among other things that: Greece’s aggressive actions and speeches unfortunately continue[…] On the 23rd of the month, two of our planes were locked by S-300 radars. This was an extremely hostile and extremely wrong move[…] We have always and everywhere responded to this greed of spoiled Greece and we will continue to do so.” Continuing on the same wave of statements, he said that “we are closely monitoring these actions and statements of Greece which is indifferent to international law and good neighborly relations and with these actions escalates the tension[…] But NATO and the other countries should also see what Greece is doing.”
“Greece must stop seeing Turkey as a threat, Turkey is not a threat, it is an extremely effective and reliable power, and an ally” while adding that “Greece, with the encouragement of some other countries, attempted an invasion (in the east) in 1919, 1922, so he became disillusioned, and we say to them give up these armaments, you can’t go anywhere with alliances, hold the hand of peace that we extend.’
After his speech, Akar flew a warship over the northern Aegean on the Dardanelles line, Turkish media report.
FAZ: Will Erdogan lose the elections?
Turkey is also in the pre-election phase. Within the next ten months, presidential and parliamentary elections must be held, but there are many controversial procedural and constitutional issues, as Rainer Herrmann, a columnist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, observes. In the article presented in its press overview DW, the columnist estimates that the risk for the Turkish president is that the AKP party may lose the absolute majority of 52.6%, which it has with the crutches of the nationalist MIR movement. “Due to the economic crisis and the reduction of purchasing power over 1/4 during the last two years, this percentage seems to be unapproachable.”
But there is a primary question. Can Erdogan run for another term?
“Article 101 of the Constitution stipulates that the term of office of the President lasts five years and that a person can be elected President of the Republic no more than twice” the newspaper reminds. “Erdogan has already been elected president twice by the people, first in August 2014 and then in June 2018. Now he would run for the third time. The opposition has not faced this yet, because it does not want to be accused of using legal means to defeat Erdogan, since it cannot achieve this goal politically. In the event that the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) as the sole and final authority accepts Erdogan’s candidacy, there would be no opportunity to challenge it anyway. But then, as opposition parties make clear, the shadow of contested legitimacy would hang over his next term. The AKP party is justifying a third candidacy, which Erdogan has yet to officially announce, with the fact that the Constitution was changed in 2017 and the transition to a presidential system was completed. Legal experts argue that the new Constitution was not passed in 2017 and only articles have been changed. The contested Article 101 remained unchanged.”
The German journalist also refers to the date of the elections, which should be held no later than June 24, 2023. “There are many indications that Erdogan or the parliament will not hold the elections before mid-April. Because on April 15, 2023, the new electoral law will enter into force that reduces the chances of the opposition. The old electoral law allowed several parties to form a coalition and then share the seats among themselves. Under the new electoral law, each party must stand separately and is therefore subject to the 7% threshold it must muster to send MPs to Parliament. In this case, many voters would not be able to be represented in Parliament, because four of the six opposition parties that have formed an alliance, gather less than 7%. Despite the big programmatic differences in some places, they are united by the common goal of putting an end to the Erdogan era.”
Source: ERT, DW, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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