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Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) and Capital Markets Board (SPK) will be subordinated to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Türkiye daily reported on Monday.

The daily said since Turkey will abolish the prime ministry because the country adopted a presidential system in a public referendum approved in April 2017, the president, and not the prime minister, will from now on be responsible for the appointment of high-level administrators to these state institutions.

Currently, there is no definition of high-level administrator in the Turkish Constitution, and Justice and Development Party (AKP) sources told the daily that such a definition will first be devised.

Following the adoption of the presidential system last year, the AKP has been working to harmonize Turkey’s bureaucracy, local administrations, election regulations and parliamentary bylaws with the presidential system.

President Erdoğan, who strongly promoted Turkey’s switch to a presidential system, is being widely criticized for accumulating too much power and establishing one-man rule in the country without any checks and balances.

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