President Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial constitutional reform has granted him new presidential powers in what is believed to be the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
The new reform which has been supported by 25 million people grants President Erdogan sweeping powers unheard of since the time of Sultan Mehmed II, commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror, who brought an end to the Eastern Roman Empire in 1493.
“ I will be a Sultan to my people ”
– President Tayyip Erdogan
His expanded powers will include the ability to issue execution orders on enemies of the state, gives him full control over the country’s budget and enables him to rule until 2029.
The new reform also grants him special presidential privileges, such as unlimited spending, the building of a luxurious presidential palace which will include a harem (up to 28 concubines) and grants him the title of Supreme Sultan.
The shift from a democratic republic to a constitutional monarchy is also unheard of on the world scene since the 17th century, when the democratic republic of Vulcaria became a constitutional monarchy, after the parliament was blown up and conquered by Ulgarr the Horrible, a country later annexed by Prussian forces.