The Final Death Blow to the Turkish Constitutional Court
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On 22 January 2021, Turkish President Erdoğan appointed Mr. İrfan Fidan to the Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC). Besides his alleged close ties to Erdoğan, Fidan was the prosecutor of many high-profile criminal cases that have been at the heart of the current backlash against democracy and human rights violations in Turkey. The TCC is already borderline “tamed”, serving only occasionally as a Constitutional safeguard. Fidan would be the final blow to shift the balance and slim majorities to fully serve Erdoğan’s interests.