An Unsettled Turkey

May 1, 2016

Prime Minister resigns. What next?

Two months ago, we wrote about how the President of Turkey took over a local newspaper so that reporters could only write things that he approved — and those who disobeyed were thrown in jail.

In Turkey, there are two important positions: the President elected by the people’s vote, and the Prime Minister who heads the government and is elected by the President. Most recently, Ahmet Davutoglu, the Prime Minister, resigned. Why? Some think that it’s because he disagrees with some of the things that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is doing like taking steps to turn the country from a Democracy to an Autocracy . Is that even possible?

Well, President Erdoğan has already shut down anti-government protests, jailed journalists, and removed anyone from his administration who doesn’t agree with him. His next move is to try to re-write the constitution, giving him more power and control over the country.