Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized the country’s Council of State over a recent ruling to bring back a controversial national oath mandatory for students to chant in schools, saying it bypassed his authority when making the decision.
He slammed the Council of State for making the decision now and not a few years ago, when Turkey wasn’t governed by an executive presidency, accusing them of “not implementing the separation of powers.”
“I have said that the crooked understanding that does not practice the separation of powers and that blocks the will of the nation through antidemocratic institutions would be restored. But I ask myself: ‘Is it restored?’ I see some practices that are reminiscent of the old system,” Erdoğan stated.
He recalled a tender for a harbor in the Aegean province of İzmir, which he said was delayed due to a court ruling, stressing the state had lost $1 billion because the company had changed its mind due to the court decision.
Meanwhile, Council of State chair Zerrin Güngör said the members of judiciary were always open to “scientific criticisms” of their verdicts. Speaking at the same gathering, Güngör, however, stressed that voicing an opinion about an ongoing case could shake confidence in the judiciary and the legal system.