Gul moderation to ease Erdogan’s despotism. Is power sharing possible in Turkish politics ?
The writer is questioning the alternative to Erdogan’s power. He argues that a possible exit of the PM could mark a significant drawback to the Turkish effort during the last decade that managed to bring the country to the top economies of the world and a member of the G20.
A parade of coalition governments is not what will help the country sustain its economic momentum and exit the authoritarian turn of Erdogan. The writer proposes as the only alternative figure Abdullah Gul as a “powerful counterweight” to Erdogan. The question is if there has to position themselves as rivals or if they could share power braking the traditional Asian despotism so wrongly presented as unavoidable for Turkish society.