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Why Secular Turks Don't Want Religious-Right PM Erdoğan (Erdoğan) As Next Turkish President
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Turkish PM Erdogan's tailor asks,
'Will you be a candidate for President, sir?'
Erdoğan replies,
'Be patient, friend...until 16 April.'

In his much maligned street-slang, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Erdoğan) tells his inquisitive tailor to be patient about Presidential announcement-plans
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Countdown To
A Turkish Secularist's Nightmare
Presidential Selection Day -- 15 May 2007

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Tüm kitap fırsatları için tıklayın !

I don't want him.
You can have him.
He's far too right for me.
This reactionary insists he's progressive.
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Thanks to:
Columnist Bekir Coşkun
Hürriyet Gazetesi
12 April 2007

Why don't secular Turks want
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (or a crony)
as their next President?

On 15 May 2007, staunch secularist Ahmet Necdet Sezer is scheduled to step down as 10th President of the Turkish Republic after completing his 7-year term. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the 11th Turkish Republic President is scheduled to begin his own 7-year term that same day. But who will it be?

As explained in our article 'Caught Between 2 Bad Choices', Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (the far-religious-right candidate) is a shoo-in if he wants the post -- but secular Turks are up in arms about it.

Some Reasons Why Secular Turks Don't Want Him...

Here's what secular columnist Bekir Coşkun had to say on the matter in Thursday's Hürriyet Gazetesi (figuratively translated):

I don't care about technicalities of the Presidential selection process
(which might be used to stop his selection).
No... I don't want Tayyip Erdoğan to be President, because:

Firstly, I'm opposed to a politician whose AKP Party only won 30-some percent of the national vote in 2002 and then -- because of a quirky election law loophole -- parlayed that simple-plurality-win into a 60% ruling-majority in the Turkish Parliament.

It's disturbing enough to think that he's been able to control this country as Prime Minister for the past 5 years -- solely because of that loophole. But it's even more disturbing to think that the same politician (whose voter support has dropped these past 5 years to less than 30%) is about to capture the prestigious and powerful post of President of the Turkish Republic -- giving him 7 more years of influence over Turkish governmental affairs.

There's nothing about such opportunistic 'loophole maneuverings' that can be described as 'representative Democracy'.

Ask those who gave their vote to the AKP 5 years ago, "Is this what you wanted when you cast your vote in 2002? Did you want the ultraconservative AKP to have uncontested control of Parliament for 5 years -- under the direction of its far-right religious leader, Erdoğan, during that time? And, further... Did you want that 5-year period to be followed by Erdoğan-as-President for 7 more years?"

What do you think they'd say?

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Tüm sinema ve TV fırsatları için tıklayın !

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I don't care how he pretends when he quotes Atatürk or when he praises 'The Turkish Republic' or when he mouths support for 'Turkish Secularism'. (These pronouncements are nothing more than blatent 'takiye' tactics.] No... I don't want Tayyip Erdoğan to be President,
because:

I don't want Turkey to be symbolized and represented in the modern world by a tesettürlü, türbanlı First Lady, his wife Emine Erdoğan.

I don't care about his rosy, good-news forecasts that Turkey will soon be a 'Star Country'. I care about what happened last week in Kırıkkale...

While promoting his AKP population-growth program (in contradiction to worldwide concern about over-population), he spoke with a woman who said, "I already have a child."

PM Erdoğan replied, "One is not enough. Keep going. Don't stop at the number you can manage, continue until you can't have any more."

I don't want such a man to be Turkish President!


We Turks have had such bright hopes. We've tried to keep our lights focused on the right road. In spite of adversity, we've struggled to improve, to modernize, to become a Westernized society. We've brought our children up in the footsteps of Atatürk -- teaching them to stay on the track towards a better Democratic future.

The Erdoğan-led AKP has different ideas about Turkey's future direction. They are filling Anatolia with religious schools, seeking to infect Universities with atavistic turbanlı students, attempting to reduce secularism in state government -- with the intention of increasing Muslim theological desire... such that Turkey might eventually be ruled by the İmams. I don't want this.

I don't care about those who say, "Don't rock the boat. Let's wait and see what happens."

Because, for me their is only one Turkey. And I don't want Tayyip Erdoğan to be its President.

Well gosh, Bekir Bey...
Don't hold back.
Let's hear what you really think.

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