Monday, May 22, 2006

On His Way Out?

"Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is under heavy attack because he didn't attend the funeral of Council of State Judge Mustafa Yucel Ozbilgin who was killed last week. That the prime minister chose to go to Antalya to participate in party activities was a wrong move in any case."

"Recently his attitude towards the judiciary got tougher and he's no longer listening to criticism. In Turkish history there are some examples of what happens if prime ministers don't listen to "institutional criticism" and consider themselves above the law and its institutions. His behavior shows a tendency towards not caring, or, in his own words as he recently left the country with an unhappy face, he hears "similar criticism every day." Yes, Prime Minister Erdogan seems to be losing his sense for the existing law and its institutions. With such behavior he can no longer become president because the president is the man who's obliged to ensure and defend existing law and order."
The New Anatolian

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