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Can Erdogan Survive Turkey's Corruption Scandal?

By Namo Abdulla 16/1/2014
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proved to have an exceptional ability in crushing his real and perceived enemies.

In 2011, he managed to subdue the country’s powerful military, which had carried out several coups against elected governments in the past.

In 2013, he sent police forces to crack down on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters with relative ease.

But perhaps he has never faced a challenge as big as the ongoing corruption scandal, which has led to the arrests of dozens of people including sons of cabinet ministers.

In response, Erdogan has accused the graft investigation as a conspiracy attempt to remove him from office and taken concrete measures to stop the inquiry. He has purged dozens of high-ranking police officers including at least police chiefs in 15 cities.

The current crisis is new. It’s not the familiar Islamist-secularist conflict that we have seen in Turkey ever since the establishment of the modern nation nearly a century ago.

It’s rather believed to be an internal conflict between the Islamists, pitting Erdogan against the followers of a powerful U.S.-based Islamic preacher named Fethullah Gulen
Does the current crisis threaten Turkey’s stability in an already turbulent region? Where does the U.S. stand on the subject? Is it more in line with Erdogan’s position or that of Fethullah Gullen?

To discuss the subject, I am joined Ilhan Tanir, a Turkish journalist based in Washington DC.

I am also joined Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Presdient of president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, a Washington-based think-tank on Muslim affairs.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 16/1/2014
Erdogan has become the first Turkish politician who has been governing the country by means of nontraditional policy. He does not hesitate to use any kind of instruments in his activities, stepping forward toward "sovereign" democracy even by mixing, suppose for a short term, some liberal measures with administrative force and elements of the so called "political Islam" in order to change radically too dangerous internal political situation to benefit Turkeys national interests at international level for a long term. Ideologically he ramains to be a conservative turkish politician, but the internal and external realities made him follow somehow progressive views to achieve new goals in social and economic development that could keep Turkey as a successful state and a comfortable county. Unfortunately, he is not efficient enough and not honest enough in resolving the most imprtant internal issue regarding the Kurdish problems in Turkey, and in addition in Sirya. However these problems are crucial for him personally and for the future of Turkey. The main key to settle these problems at mutually advantageous terms for Turkey and the Kurdish People is the recognition of the state independence of the South Kurdistan and kurdish autonomies in Turkey and Sirya without any unacceptable preconditions.
Dilok Bakure
Dilok Bakure | 16/1/2014
I hope that Erdogan will survive. I am not a fan of Erdogan but as he falls peoeple will come to power in Turkey who are 1000 times worse than Erdogan like the fascists Grey Wolves(MHP).
Dilok Bakure
Dilok Bakure | 16/1/2014
And than there will be big genocide against Kurds and other minorities like the Armenian genocide in 1915.
abdul | 17/1/2014
Erdogan is the best for turkey
tuna | 18/1/2014
@Dilok Bakure Armenians Killed by Kurds in eastern Anatolia usualy. Especially Hamidiye troops, kurdish troops of Sultan
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