Monday, May 30, 2011

Erdoğan and AKP projects

Erdoğan and his projects 

Projects and plans by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its leader Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the new legislative year and leading up to 2023, when Turkey will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the republic, are being revealed one by one.
These projects, which mainly include infrastructural projects and projects to develop Turkish democracy, remain as matters for debate among Turkish writers.

Star’s Sedat Laçiner ponders the ruling AK Party’s plans and projects for 2023 and what kind of projects Erdoğan should deliver in order to establish himself as a master politician. “First of all, setting election targets for 2023 is very good because Turkey shouldn’t have to listen to exaggerated promises at election times. There should be realistic short and mid-term goals. So it is necessary to congratulate Erdoğan from this aspect,” says Laçiner. With respect to projects Erdoğan announced for İstanbul and Ankara, such as the building of new highways and tunnels and the establishment of new cities and canals, Laçiner says these projects did not excite him very much because he thinks Erdoğan’s government will easily and successfully carry out these projects. In Laçiner’s view, infrastructural development projects will not help Erdoğan gain new strength but that his contribution to Turkish democracy will. “What made [the late prime minster and president, Turgut] Özal a master was not the bridges or highways he built, but his contribution to Turkish democracy and identity,” says Laçiner. He says what will dignify Erdoğan will be his solving Turkey’s fundamental political and social problems.

Bugün’s Ahmet Taşgetiren, on the other hand, talks about reactions to Erdoğan in the Southeast, which have appeared in the form of shops closing their shutters and other protests despite projects the government has implemented in the region.

 “Erdoğan has established modern hospitals and purchased air ambulance helicopters and planes for the Southeast. In doing this, I think Erdoğan’s benevolent concerns are in question more than his quest to receive more votes in the elections. Erdoğan is looking for outcomes such as saving the lives of mothers and newborns. He is one who can find joy when a baby comes into this world safely and healthily,” says Taşgetiren. In his view, Erdoğan is not carrying out his projects in the Southeast and all over Turkey in a bid to win more votes. “You just become and act like a humanist, you must like people and let your love for humanity dominate all your actions,” says Taşgetiren, noting that achieving this will automatically secure public support for a politician.

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