Democracy all but disappeared in Turkey â" Meral AkÅener
Feb 26 2018
Democracy all but disappeared in Turkey â" Meral AkÅener2018-02-26
Meral AkÅener, the leader of the Turkish centre-right opposition Good Party, told the France-based Euronews that Turkeyâs democracy had âall but disappeared.â
AkÅener, a long-serving politician and former foreign minister, set up the Good Party in October 2017 after her former Nationalist Action Party (MHP) lost credibility among many of its voters for pursuing an alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Asked about Turkeyâs ongoing military operation against Kurdish militants in northeast Syria, she replied âUnfortunately, Turkey has turned into a co untry where it is not debating its foreign policy either in parliament or in public. Our foreign policy is shaped by the statements of Mr ErdoÄan. As a result of this, everyday we are facing a different consequence."
She commented further on Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄanâs unchecked power over foreign policy, saying that even the foreign ministry had been âdeactivatedâ and as a result, Turkish citizens did not âhave the means to say yes or no."Text
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She's been described as a serious contend er for Turkey's presidency. Meral AkÅener has also gained a reputation for being outspoken on issues where many areTurkish steel production climbs 7.6% in January Forms of Violence in TurkeySource: Google News Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey