Giving an award to a controversial businessman
I am asking those who gave an award to Iranian Turkish businessman Reza Zerrab: Can you please explain it to me in a simple manner?
This person called Reza...
- How did he become a champion of exports?
- What did he produce?
- What did he export?
- To which countries did he export?
- From which country did he take the raw materials of the product he produced?
- Does he have plants? If so, where are they?
And one word to Mr. Minister who gave the award to Reza...
Now you have white washed him, fine… But wouldn’t it be better if you refrained from reminding us about him by giving him an award?
52 percent is over, now we have 40 percent
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan felt the need after the June 7 election to recall the fact that he was elected with 52 percent of the vote.
- Had he not held campaign rallies?
- Had he not conducted campaigns in favor of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)?
- Had he not spent all his time addressing opposition party leaders?
There would have been no reason for him to recall that he was elected by 52 percent.
Yet unfortunately... after the June 7 election... there is something called “40 percent.”
- Question: Why don’t you want the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to form a coalition? Why do you insist on including the AKP?
Answer: Because the number of CHP and MHP members of parliament does not add up, which requires the support of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).There is no possibility of the MHP taking part in a coalition with the HDP. Otherwise, be my guest.
- Question: Is it your boss that wants a coalition between the AKP and the CHP?
- Answer: I swear as a person who fasts... that I really do not know what my boss wants. Perhaps he wants the AKP to make a coalition with the MHP. Perhaps he wants early elections. Perhaps he says an AKP-CHP coalition. I really don’t know.
I don’t know how it works in other media outlets, but in our case the boss does not pick up the phone and say, “This is the kind of coalition I want; attack.” We don’t write our columns upon instruction.
- Question: Why do you insist on an AKP-CHP coalition?
- Answer: Let me recall an expression that late former President Süleyman Demirel added to the political lexicon:
“Call me vile if I want something for myself.” I believe that the most rational coalition will be the AKP-CHP coalition. If they can form that coalition, fine. If not… they know better. It does not matter to me whether they form it or not. I’ll go on writing.
- Question: Why aren’t you positive about an AKP-MHP coalition?
- Answer: I can have a positive attitude about it... Yet how can we explain this situation to those people we spoke to for the last seven years, talking about the “solution process,” the “peace process” and that “mothers should no longer cry?” What will happen to all the discourse we had about the solution process?