Total chaos broke out a week ago in Turkey's Parliament: fist flew, yelling and screaming ensued, and one lawmaker chained herself to the podium, as President Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) sought to consolidate power for the president. After the brawl, 342 members voted and accepted an 18-point constitutional amendment package giving Erdogan vast executive powers, not seen since Dictator Ataturk in 1920.
Since the vote did not receive the minimum 367 needed to change the constitution directly, a referendum on these changes is set for April. If it becomes law, all power will rest solely in the president's office, and the system of checks and balances will be thrown out of the window. President Erdogan will be able to dismiss the prime minister and declare a state of emergency at will. Erdogan has long sought to move Turkey towards an Islamic State. Concentrating unilateral power in the president's hands will do just that.
The failed July coup resulted in unprecedented arrests and dismissals of academics, police officers, and military personnel. It is only deepening as the purge continues. Academics warn of a brain drain occurring in the country as many are seeking asylum in other nations. Some 43,000 people have been arrested, and 95,000 employees have been fired from state institutions and universities since 15 July. Turkey needs God's intervention!