In politics, many favour a leader that exercises real power. Turkey has always been a country in which a strong leader figure has been at the centre of politics – from Ottoman Sultans to Republican Prime Ministers and Army Chiefs of Staff. Current Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan loves emphasizing his “Ottoman Heritage” to tell people that he is riding the wave of history. Due to his obsession with “Ottoman Heritage” and his increasingly authoritarian style, commentators often compare him to the sultans of old. The recent controversy over censorship in Turkey provides another opportunity to make the comparison.
By Ali Acikgöz