Gov’t-appointed trustee takes over Davutoğlu-linked foundation
The Turkish government has appointed a trustee to take over a foundation linked to former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, OdaTv reported on Tuesday.
Three officials from Turkey’s General Directorate for Foundations arrived at the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (Bilim ve Sanat Vakfı-BİSAV), whose founders include former ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) heavyweight Davutoğlu, to announce the decision, it said.
The former prime minister and founder of Turkey’s newly established opposition Future Party is expected to make a statement over the decision, Oda Tv said.
AKP Istanbul deputy Mustafa Yenerlioğlu, known for his criticism of the ruling party, blasted the move on Twitter, calling it embarrassing.
Yenerlioğlu said the institution had done nothing but raise qualified individuals for 40 years.
40 yıldır nitelikli insan yetiştirmekten başka gayesi olmayan Bilim ve Sanat Vakfı'na da kayyım atanmış. Gerçekten utanç verici. Geçmişte uniform toplum mühendislerine karşı mücadele ettik, maalesef bugün Türkiye çok daha beter noktada ilerliyor. Kimse görmedik, duymadık demesin!— Mustafa Yeneroğlu (@myeneroglu) January 21, 2020
Pro-government Star daily columnist Siber Erarslan said the takeover of the foundation, which was established by the efforts and resources of Islamic circles, by state-appointed officials was “truly saddening’’.
Bilim Sanat Vakfı, entelektüel bir çatı olmanın yanısıra, üniversite yasaklarınesnasında kesintiye uğrayan eğitim dünyamızı onaran sıcak bir mektepti bizler için. İslami çevrelerin emeği ve birikimiyle kurduğu bir müessesenin bugün kayyım idaresine devredilmesi cidden üzücü..— SİBEL ERASLAN (@sibeleraslan) January 21, 2020
Turkish journalist Yıldıray Oğur also labelled the move as “embarrassing’’.
“The ruling party of people who have all greatly benefitted from the foundation has now appointed a government official to it,’’ Oğur wrote on Twitter.
Utanç verici. 40 yıldır seminerlerine katılmamış kimsenin kalmadığı, yayınevleri, merkezleri, kütüphanesiyle tam bir entelektüel havza olan Bilim Sanat Vakfı'na da, o vakıftan çok yararlanmış, bizzat oradan yetişmiş insanların iktidarında kayyım atandı.... https://t.co/UgcgxnQb0M— Yıldıray Oğur (@yildarado) January 21, 2020
Established in 1986, the Istanbul-based foundation is considered among the leading institutions of Turkey’s conservative intellectual circle.
It has for four decades organised seminars and led research on politics, history, economics and literature.
Davutoğlu-linked institutions and political figures have been under intense government pressure since he has planned a breakaway party to rival the ruling AKP
A court in December handed over Davutoğlu-linked private Şehir University in Istanbul to the city’s public Marmara University citing financial problems.
The former prime minister made headlines last week when he said in an interview all founding board members the Future Party had come under investigation.