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    1. By the way, the President of Turkey has a right to decide who is going to be General Chief of Staff, the president of YOK (Council of Universities that can decide about headscarf issue) the president of the constitutional court,and many so many other important positions. That is why the issue became much more important than being a prime minister.

      Comment by Serhat SENEL — Monday, April 30, 2024 @ 7:43 am

    2. I figured part of the issue was military appointments and I am aware that the headscarf issue is a big deal.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, April 30, 2024 @ 9:48 am

    3. Steven, triggering an early election for parliament when the latter body fails to elect a president is not that unusual in parliamentary republics. Greece has similar provisions. I think (but would have to check) that Italy and the Czech Republic do, too. The idea is to prevent obstructionist opposition: come to an agreement or put your own seats at risk.

      Of course, it is hard to see how a general election right now would “calm tensions.”

      Comment by MSS — Monday, April 30, 2024 @ 3:37 pm

    4. That’s not the part that I find odd–the part that I find odd is that it is a fight over quorum–and that lack of quorum during the vote would trigger a new election. Surely lack of quorum would mean that the vote couldn’t be taken, not that the vote failed–but I am perhaps not examining the situation carefully enough.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, April 30, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

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