Turkey’s Erdogan, Seeking a More Powerful Presidency, Cites Hitler’s System

January 1, 2016 5:47 PM

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Turkey’s Erdogan, Seeking a More Powerful Presidency, Cites Hitler’s System

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who is pushing to imbue the largely ceremonial presidency with sweeping executive powers akin to the United States or France, gave a new example of an effective presidential system on Thursday: Hitler’s Germany.

After returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Erdogan was asked by the Turkish news media whether a presidential system was possible given that the government is now organized under a prime minister.

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