Brain Bush’s Blog

Mr. Erdogan’s Rule

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 4, 2013
  • 4:17 pm

Hello Everyone!

We can't ignore the protests plaguing Turkey.

Many have commented on the situation there – let's give you an overview of how some people see the situation from here in the Middle East.

For many here, there is no love of Turkey… some view it as not being part of the Middle East, but rather the Near East.

This view probably is generated by the centuries long occupation of this area by the Turks that came to an end at the first World War.

But the question really at this hour is whether it is a country like Tunis, Egypt, Libya, or Syria – to which people would largely say 'no' in regard to it's political identity.

But perhaps the Turks feel they are headed in the direction of dictatorship.

The Government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, by some annalist's view, systematically brought about limits to freedom of expression – and one's right to demonstrate.

In Turkey's past there have been military coups and large scale protests. However, it is a democracy where citizens vote in or vote out there representatives.

Commentators are saying that after 10 years of what has become essentially Islamist rule, the secular and opposition groups have had their fill of Mr. Erdogan.

How is this man viewed in the Middle East?

For some he is a hero for standing up to Israel, others see him as dangerous – worried that he will bring the collapse of the modern day secular Turkey. There are those who love Turkey because they do business with the State's growing economy.

It is clear that he wants to continue his rule and make a legacy by winning another upcoming Presidential election. And he's done a pretty good job setting himself up for that as there is neither a serious opposition nor a rival politician to challenge him.

At home, he is liked in rural areas and has been viewed as one who has countered the problem of corruption while being viewed as running a good government. But he remains a polarizing figure.

This week ahead is going to tell us if the protests in Turkey will fade away, or if all that we have witnessed is building up to an end to Mr. Erdogan's rule.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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