Thursday, 06 August 2015

Selvi: Erdoğan Is the AKP’s Red Line

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Abdülkadir Selvi in Yeni Şafak (July 8) reports that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu recently hosted a meeting with a group of pro-AKP academics. Those who participated were Alev Alatlı, Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu, Professor Süleyman Seyfi Öğün, Professor Cemil Oktay, Halil Berktay, Professor Erol Göka, Professor Ömer Çaha, Professor Beril Dedeoğlu, Professor Berat Özipek, Professsor Atilla Yayla and Professor Mesut Yeğen. The prime minister pointed out that, as a party that gets votes from all across Turkey, the AK Party is Turkey’s backbone. He says, the AK Party is Turkey’s center party, and asks “What do we need to do in order to preserve its character of being a center party?” He says “We are going to enable a renewal in the AK Party, and renew our party.” One academic asks the prime minister “What did you do to the West to make them target you this much?”  ”We did not do what they wanted us to do,” answers Davutoğlu. Davutoğlu presents a perspective that illuminates his relations with President Erdoğan. He explains, in this context, why he has not provided an appointment to TÜSİAD (The Association of Turkey’s Industrialists and Businessmen) in a long time. “I had not been according a rendezvous to TÜSİAD, because they are attempting to cause a split between me and our president.” After this, he adds, “They will not succeed in causing a split between us and our president.” Davutoğlu makes it felt that Erdoğan is AK Party’s red line. 

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