Burak Bekdil has been a political columnist at Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest English language daily newspaper, for over 20 years. He has also written for many other publications about Turkey and the wider region including but not limited to The Economist, BBC and The Wall Street Journal. He was formerly the CNBC Television Bureau Chief in Ankara.
The following is his interview with Clarion Project Research Fellow Elliot Friedland about Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan and the political situation in Turkey, particularly in light of recent revelations.
Clarion Project: What concerns you the most about what's happening in Turkey today?
Burak Bekdil: There are increasingly clear indications of creeping Islamization, and if Erdogan wins more than 40 percent in local elections on March 30, he will take this as a national vote of confidence to accelerate his systematic Islamization. Erdogan’s power grab of nearly all the judiciary will help him run a one-man show, with the principle of the separation of powers totally rendered null and void. The lack of justice is a dramatic problem, and things may even get worse as we head towards an entirely government-friendly justice system which by definition means injustice to secular Turks.
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