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Tawakkul Karman receives Turkish ID card from Turkish FM Davutoğlu in Ankara. AA photo

Tawakkul Karman receives Turkish ID card from Turkish FM Davutoğlu in Ankara. AA photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu delivered Yemeni 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkul Karman her new identity card yesterday following the activist’s earlier acquisition of Turkish citizenship.

“For me, Turkish citizenship is more important than the Nobel,” Karman told Davutoğlu, according to sources. Davutoğlu said Karman’s struggle for democracy amid the Arab Spring was notable. Noting that Karman’s origin was from the Central Anatolian province of Karaman, Davutoğlu said they were proud that a “family member” was striving for freedom and democracy in the Middle East. Karman, 33, a leading figure in the Yemeni uprising in 2011, was the first Arab woman to have won the Nobel Prize.


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american american

10/12/2012 5:38:16 PM

had she not won the prize, would she have been granted her request?

Köksüz Kosmopolit

10/12/2012 10:53:21 AM

@Diren, I have no use at all for the AKP/Gülen regime, and Davutoğlu in particular is a massive tool. Yet I can only applaud this move. If Brazilian footballers can be awarded citizenship to play for the national team, surely this woman who has done so much good can be granted the same privilege. Unlike some native-born Turks currently exercising high government power, Ms Karman's citizenship reflects honourably on the Turkish nation.

Diren Sesel

10/12/2012 2:10:29 AM

This is unacceptable, and wrong, she is granted ID card like its piece of paper given away like that, one becomes a Turkish citizen rather than given a Turkish citizenship.
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