Aug 15 2018

Turkey is a ‘star’ allies trying to control - Erdoğan’s chief advisor

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power through a silent revolution 16 years ago and put an end to the old Turkish system of rule by a small elite and transformed the country into a political star, wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief advisor İlnur Çevik.

Erdoğan and his AKP won a decisive victory in June presidential and parliamentary elections, which ushered in a new executive presidential system granting the president wide-ranging powers.

“The AK Party under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pushed Turkey among the top 20 economies of the world,” Çevik wrote in his column in pro-government Daily Sabah. He said the party had created a “fair social system where all citizens benefit from state services free of charge”.

But some of Turkey’s major allies, Çevik said, in an apparent reference to the United States, can no longer control Ankara are now trying to tame Turkey by way of what he called “sanctions and acts of enmity”.

NATO allies Turkey and the United States are embroiled in a diplomatic and financial tussle, imposing sanctions on one another over Turkey’s ongoing detention of an American pastor and other U.S. citizens.

Çevik said the AKP had created a social state in Turkey that was the envy of many other democracies, revamping the health system and providing good quality medical services to all citizens that even the United States and many other developed countries had failed to achieve.

“The AK Party governments past and present all became the hope of the underprivileged and oppressed of the world,” Çevik said. “Turkey has become a leading donor to the poor and the needy in the world and is currently hosting 3.5 million Syrian migrants who fled the civil war and have been with us for seven years. U.N. figures show Turkey has spent $32 billion for these people during this period and has provided them with excellent living conditions.”