POLITICS > AKP's 2002 election brought real republicans to power, Turkish PM says


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Exploiters of the republic who despised the public were replaced with real republicans on Nov. 3, 2012, the date the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was elected, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a party meeting marking the 10-year anniversary today, daily Hürriyet has reported. 

"Those who patronized the public were removed, and people who serve the public came," the prime minister said. "Nov. 3 was a historic beginning."

"What happened on Nov. 3 was not the AKP's victory, but rather it was the precious nation's way  to seize power and politics and to stop the bad course," Erdoğan added. "Turkey made a very critical decision 10 years ago."

Hunger strikes will not free Öcalan from İmralı

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also said despite hunger strikes by prisoners for more than 50 days the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) convicted leader, Abdullah Öcalan  would not be released from İmralı island, where he is serving a life sentence.

"Just because you are doing so [staging a hunger strike], we will not take the terrorist leader [Öcalan] out there [İmralı] and send him home, there is no way," the prime minister said.

Erdoğan also stated that Öcalan could meet with his family and relatives as long as he wanted but the process is not the same as meeting with his lawyers.

Erdoğan also touched on public opinion polls, stating that everybody wants a return to capital punishment.


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Can Lamberoglu

1/1/2013 10:33:42 PM

@ Rimon Tree: I was very encouraged by the students' protest at his highness' presence at the university event a few weeks ago, and look waht happened! He blamed professors for teaching students how to make Molotov cocktails - so immature. There was then a meeting with university management where that issue was never discussed - so immature again. The way he is going people are bound to see the real greatness of this "leader".

mara mcglothin

11/4/2012 6:21:01 PM

OSMAN I want nothing but the best for Turkey. I love Turkey. Have you ever eaten in a new restaurant and been excited to recommend it to your family and friend? That is exactly the way I feel about democracy! I am happy to recommend it to my friends. RIMON Even secular people are happy with the progress of the AKP, and they arrogantly believe that Turkey can never be turned into a Turkish version of Iran. BUT they are all not wanting to speak on the phone or by email about politics now.

Mohamed Al Hashimi

11/4/2012 11:29:05 AM

I read about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk that he left a testament says he wants to change the presidential system to Calipha system after his death.

Alex Kader

11/4/2012 9:57:47 AM

Is AKP “Real republicans”? If they are comparing themselves with all the other corrupt right wing parties of the political spectrum of the Turkish history, they are still wrong. None of those parties tried to create dictatorship in Turkey. Turkish people made a very unwise “decision 10 years ago”. There are two reasons for that. 1st is the conservatism of mass population and 2nd is vote selling for little benefits. “return to capital punishment” They should start from the people who wants that.

jeffrey Jeffrey

11/4/2012 9:50:07 AM

Erdogan must be smoking something pharmaceutical if he thinks that paranoid, theocratic and repressive autocrats are serving the people. All the AKP are doing is rolling back all the progress that Turkey made as an actual and secular republic. Somewhere Ataturk is weeping to see his vision of a modern and dynamic Turkey in tatters.

Rimon Tree

11/4/2012 9:46:03 AM

@ Can "why don't the Turkish citizens go onto the streets by their tens of thousands to make their voices heard?" I have been asking myself the very same question since years already. I have no satisfying answer either. Maybe it's only a question of time (hopefully) and the main achievement before would be to realize that the union between State and Religion is an extremely unholy one. For esteemed PM capital punishment would be very convenient indeed, but then it could once turn upon himself!

Faruk Beisser

11/4/2012 9:33:22 AM

And in another 10 years the Great Leader will see his secret agenda under the guise of bringing democracy fulfilled, Turkey finally a second Iran. Then the Great Leader will be the Grand Ayatollah!

Adam Polk

11/4/2012 8:41:57 AM

Sinan Osman, AKP is US tool. just look at mr. davutoğlus and mrs. clintons speeches

Tekion Particle

11/4/2012 7:25:01 AM

What a laugh, real republicans? Jailing is not enough now he wants to hang his opponents.

sid solo

11/4/2012 6:42:35 AM

Now that everyone else is in prison, those outside scared, nobody left out there to say otherwise...The Turkish saying comes to mind: "Cook yourself, and eat yourself"
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