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Turkey's ruling AKP Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik addresses the media in Ankara June 12. REUTERS photo

Turkey's ruling AKP Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik addresses the media in Ankara June 12. REUTERS photo

The Egyptian military’s coup ousting elected President Mohamed Morsi is a sign of “backwardness,” ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik told reporters July 3, accusing some Western countries of supporting it.

“Morsi deservedly won by his own efforts the elections organized by a bureaucracy inherited from Hosni Mubarak’s era and that took weeks to come to a conclusion,” Çelik said, comparing the developments in Egypt with the 1960 and 1980 coups in Turkey.  

“This coup has also received foreign support. Some Western countries have not accepted Muslim Brotherhood’s arrival to power. They have mobilized the streets, then issued a memorandum, and are now staging the coup,” Çelik also said.

Çelik warned that Turkey was concerned about confrontations that could lead to an eventual bloodshed. “Can Morsi resist against tanks and artillery cannons? We don’t know that. If Morsi’s supporters fight with his opponents, blood will be spilled. We will not approve that.” 

Çelik added it was unlikely that the army could straighten the economy.

“We should appreciate Morsi’s position against coup supporters and object to any kind of coup anywhere,” said Bağış.  

Numan Kurtulmuş, vice president of the AKP, said it was not possible for people who believe in democracy to accept the coup in Egypt. “We should see it as a blow that was delivered directly to the people of Egypt.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will hold a press conference over the latest developments in Egypt at 1 p.m. today.

Hours earlier, Egypt’s military unveiled a new political roadmap, announcing the appointment of the head of the Constitutionnal Court as the interim President of a technocratic government.  

July/04/2013

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Ata Dizdar

7/4/2013 10:16:22 PM

Does anyone really believe what the AKP officials are saying these days? Highly doubtful.

Brian Irlanda

7/4/2013 9:42:53 PM

Well I do think his statement that this is a sign of backwardness. After all the AKP are experts in backwardness. I think they invented the concept. It take one to know one as they say.

american american

7/4/2013 9:25:48 PM

nadiri, you don't understand democracy. democracy is alive in egypt. 22 million, who only marched, a quarter of the population, with many more supporting them at home voted no confidence. religion has no place in government - that is democracy. your religionists have decided that, after centuries of rule that were full of wars, empires, plagues, poverty, and unhappiness, that the century or two of secularism does not work. now the tables have turned. we secularist people are playing your game

Laz Kemal

7/4/2013 7:38:19 PM

Backwardness??? Where was this guy when new Egyptian constitution denied freedom of speech, equal rights for women. Or when tens of thousands of Islamists in Egypt yelling “Allahu akbar” attacked churches. Or when the Egyptian cleric argued that any girl who is menstruating should be married and begin having children. And many more examples. Of course none of which would be “backward” for his ilk’s mentality.

Tekion Particle

7/4/2013 6:30:21 PM

What is even more backward is that people like you left in charge of a great country.

Nikos K.

7/4/2013 5:37:14 PM

@Sam Stevens: I definitely agree with your remark on Erdogan's recent sleeping disorder. But since I understand that you are possibly British or American, you should be more careful: "God save the Queen" and "God bless America" sound much like "by the will of Allah" don't you agree? P.S. I was baptized Christian Orthodox but I'm actually Atheist, in case you are wondering.

Tayyar Abi

7/4/2013 5:07:05 PM

The pot calling the kettle black.

Irish Rover

7/4/2013 2:22:19 PM

@Nadiri - I believe that the commentators DO understand Democracy. A leader was elected to reform the government and economy. He failed. The people asked for his ouster and replacement. In Parliamentary politics (as happened in Australia this past week), the parties selects a new coalition leader, i.e. early elections. Morsi was presented with an option to do so as well, he decided to take the typical authoritative way and dismissed his 'subjects'. The Egyptians will now try again.

The Prisoner

7/4/2013 1:40:39 PM

One of the things that has kept the AK Party confident during the last few weeks is the lack of cohesive leadership in the freedom fighters, now maybe they better start worrying. This event in Egypt may have given the protectors of Turkiye (armed forces) the inspiration to make a move on behalf of the Turkish people.

Rimon Tree

7/4/2013 1:27:50 PM

@ Nadiri You claim to be the only one who understands about democracy and still you don't get it! BTW nobody in the West condemned the intervention, try to understand what you read, they only said they were concerned about how it will continue in a democratic way. We all know (except you) that basicly the West is very happy to have got rid of another Islamist. The only one around who is not happy at all is certainly AKP (opposition only pretending) being Islamists themselves.
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