Turkish minister praises credulousness of electorate

Speaking at the launch of a ship for oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak praised the credulousness of the Turkish electorate, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Albayrak, who is also the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, began by explaining the successes of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in terms of construction projects, and then went off-message.

“Some people talk, others do. As the AKP in Turkey, we have always been on the side of the doers,” Albayrak said.

“Once, when talking to our voter citizens, one of them said that ‘I swear, we trust the AKP so much that, Mr. Minister, if the president came out and said ‘I will build a four-lane road from here to the moon, I swear we would believe it’,” he said.

“That is, the AKP has raised the bar so high in its performance and its actions that it has been honoured with such a compliment.”

Columnist Levent Özeren was among those on social media who responded to the statement.

“In June 2015, (AKP deputy) Burhan Kuzu said ‘Let’s say we stole, the AKP voters won’t believe it’. In June 2018, son-in-law Berat said ‘If Erdoğan says he will build a four-lane road to the moon, the AKP voters will believe it’!” Özeren said.

“That means that in three years, nothing has changed about AKP voters! They are treated like fools and do not respond!”