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MOSCOW, May 23. /TASS/. Appointment of Binali Yildirim to the post of Turkey’s Prime Minister was a technical decision, chairman of Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev told TASS on Monday.
"A technical appointment of a technical prime minister took place in Turkey with a rather obvious aim - to secure country’s transition from the parliamentary system to presidential," Kosachev said. By doing this, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed to get the decision that he needed "by approval by an absolute majority at the emergency meeting of the Justice and Development Party." "In other words, one should understand that the party adheres to the course of centralization of power in the hands of one person, whose dictator-like manners arise serious concern among Turkey’s allies in NATO," he added.Talking about the former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Kosachev noted that "in this sense, he was not convenient for Erdogan" because "he obviously did not share the president’s plans to reshape the constitutional system to suit himself" and was rather popular both in the party and in the country "unlike Binali Yildirim who replaced him on this post." "It looks like his main quality is loyalty to Erdogan and readiness to unquestioningly fulfill his ideas," the Russian lawmaker said.
Talking about possible consequences of cabinet reshuffle, Kosachev noted that "it is hard to say because the main problem is clearly not the new prime minister." ‘one thing is clear, however. The country will now depend even more on the will of the only person. And his ambitions and powers are constantly growing. At the same time, his capability to make very dangerous steps to pursue these ambitions is already obvious," the lawmaker said adding that he does not expect "anything good" from this. "Davutoglu, though an insignificant and symbolic counterweight, has gone and been replaced by ‘a team of administrators," Kosachev concluded.
Erdogan earlier ordered newly-elected Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to form a new government. Yildirim was elected by delegates of the Justice and Development Party at the emergency meeting.