World Bulletin / News Desk
President Abdullah Gül has said the principle of separation of powers is the basis of democracy, joining an ongoing debate sparked by remarks by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who complained about the separation of powers.
Gül's comment came on Friday as he responded to questions by reporters while leaving Tarabya Merkez Camii in İstanbul after Friday prayer.
Gül said Erdoğan might have brought the issue to the agenda to stress past experiences in which this principle was violated.
Prime Minister Erdoğan sparked debate on Monday when he said that the separation of powers holds the government back in its efforts to introduce better services to the country.
“There are problems within the system. The system is not working properly. We are often faced with a bureaucratic oligarchy,” he said, adding that the power of the “bureaucratic oligarchy” must be curbed, and the executive, legislative and judicial branches should work for the benefit of the people.
Currently, Turkey's executive power is exercised by the government, and legislative power is vested in Parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and legislative branches.Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2012, 14:30