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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at the Parliament in Ankara, Dec. 10. Erdoğan made a staunch defense of the government’s economic and political balance sheet at the beginning of 10 days of debate on the 2014 Central Governance Budget Law in Parliament’s General Assembly. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at the Parliament in Ankara, Dec. 10. Erdoğan made a staunch defense of the government’s economic and political balance sheet at the beginning of 10 days of debate on the 2014 Central Governance Budget Law in Parliament’s General Assembly. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed “attempts against the national will and peace” on Dec. 10 while making a staunch defense of the government’s economic and political balance sheet at the beginning of 10 days of debate on the 2014 Central Governance Budget Law in Parliament’s General Assembly.

“I’m saying it clearly: The provocations that some are aiming to stage are attempts against the national will, peace and the electoral process. These provocations will fail if the Parliament and the people are one. I also invite our citizens in the east and the southeast to be vigilant against those provocations,” Erdoğan said, implicitly referring to demonstrations in the southeastern province of Hakkari, where two protesters were reportedly shot dead by police on Dec. 6.

“Nobody has the right to threaten the atmosphere of a spring in Turkey. Those who will be silent against this will be unable to render an account in front of the people,” Erdoğan said as concerns regarding the Kurdish peace process were increased following the incident in Hakkari. 

“As long as even one drop of blood is not spilled, mothers don’t shed tears and Turkey wins, [the government] will be content at losing [elections],” he said, warning of the appearance of terrorism ahead of the 2014 presidential and the 2015 general elections.

Erdoğan’s speech was repeatedly cut short by opposition deputies during a very tense session, a few hours after main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu voiced strong criticism at the Court of Accounts’ failure to send audit reports of state institutions’ expenditures to Parliament.

The prime minister also denounced some media and financial groups, as well as mass protests, such as the countrywide Gezi demonstrations.

“In Turkey, it is not terrorism, violent demonstrations, the media, gangs or groups of capital, but the people who determine the [country’s] direction,” Erdoğan said. 

He also claimed that the country had made a big leap under the 11-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) with respect to “the old Turkey.”

“Some were children 11 years before; perhaps they can’t judge where Turkey has come in 11 years. But we also see that some who are older than a certain age have forgotten how the old Turkey was. Admittedly, we are not at an ideal point, but it is incomparable with yesterday. Those who criticize us freely here today, only a few years ago would have been unable to say even a word to certain circles,” Erdoğan said. 

He also defended the government’s foreign policy, one of the main areas of opposition criticism in recent years. 

“In our era, the foreign policy was not dictated by [feelings such as] hate or taking offense, but strategic intelligence,” Erdoğan said. 

The 2014 budget debate started with a heated row as the CHP accused the government of covering up its corruption by preventing the Court of Accounts from auditing its spending.

The accusations were initially brushed aside by Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, who said Kılıçdaroğlu’s claims that audit reports were not sent to Parliament were wrong. 

Tension had also run high a day after the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) used the phrase “Turkish Kurdistan” to refer to the Kurdish-populated regions in eastern and southeastern Anatolia. Other parties subsequently decided to omit the word from official documents. 

The discussions on the budget are expected to last 10 days.

December/10/2013

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Çılgın Kanarya

12/11/2013 11:02:50 PM

A.MENAF GÜLBAY, I would like to support you in calling on HDN to publish all of your posts. And this isn't only for the humour value of your comments, as significant as that is, but also because you do a much better job of discrediting and making a fool of Tayyip and the AKP than I could ever manage! By the way, isn't having a decent grasp of the English language a pre-requisite for those AKPropagandists who are assigned to the HDN comments section? Apparently not, lol

american american

12/11/2013 8:09:23 PM

50% is not the national will.

Tekion Particle

12/11/2013 8:04:05 PM

@A.MENAF GÜLBAY, my 5 year old son has a better command of English. You must be one of the 6000 new recruits unleashed on the world wide web to defend the tyrant. What a load of drivel?....

mara mcglothin

12/11/2013 5:47:29 PM

Right CILGIN! I am still hearing people in Istanbul saying how much the AKP has done for Turkey, and who would you suggest replace them? I would have no problem with RTE being PM IF and I say IF the laws of the land were changed where he had to get approval from a bipartisan congress to do the stuff he does. That is how we suffer overly religious people in the White House. We are confident that our Constitution and Supreme Court will keep them in check.

John Smithicks

12/11/2013 3:33:56 PM

those who vote akp in to get the left shoes matching the right ones that akp hands out before the election (literally, not metaphorically), or are paid to be prok akp on social media, or who were forced by their work to attend pro akp rallies act out of fear or profit, not will. strongest expression of national will was the nation wide protest - no one was paid bribed or forced to attend, nobody was bussed in; roads were closed to prevent them from attending, not closed to help them attend.

Can Lamberoglu

12/11/2013 3:19:04 PM

Excellent; he's getting worried! The latest AKP poll results must have been not as supportive of them as they keep claiming. HDN, thank you for posting A.MENAF GÜLBAY's words of wisdom; because we need to hear both sides, and his contribution proves an important point. Tamer also needs to wake up. Islamophobia is a reaction to oppressive islamic intentions, which are evident in everything RTE has been doing over the last few years. Islam has to do EVERYTHING with what RTE says and does.

DORUS LIVIS

12/11/2013 2:32:16 PM

Speaking of foreign policy, after alienating Turkey with both Israel and Egypt and so many others, I'd like to share with you the following info that has not been commented this days. yesterday the Greek media had furious reports about a speech of Erdogan in Eastern Thrace where he claimed that Thrace is an indivisible area including Komotini & Salonica (Greece), Novi Pazar (Bulgaria) even areas of FYROM and Bosnia, thus flirting with expansionism. It was regarded very hostile, note also that...

Tamer Aslantas

12/11/2013 12:48:18 PM

@mike alexander What has Islam to do with this. Are you perhaps suffering from Islamophobia?

A.MENAF GÜLBAY

12/11/2013 12:48:00 PM

ı m very thankful from PM: Tayyip Erdoğan policy he have been bring clear democsi in Turkey. he have been workfull from all the other Turkish presidets. so we love him and ve support him. and he do not need cemaat vote... he is the World leder hürriyet please share every opinion...be honest

Oliver Smith

12/11/2013 11:19:57 AM

Come on please get him out in 2015 and let Turkey prosper as a country of tolerance and personal choice. Let people cover their face but at the same time allow people to buy alcohol and drink without judgement!
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