The Turkish Trap.
On April 27, Turkey's Islamist Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said these were security officials and not special forces, and were accompanying aid convoys crossing into Iraq from Turkey. He also denied they had a large cache of weapons with them. The US forces in northern Iraq later said that the Islamist government in Ankara was either lying - and they were also shocked to learn the Sunni Islamists "could be such liars as the Shiite Islamists" - or duped by the Turkish military whose Kemalist ideologues are still bent on bringing about a Kemalist establishment to replace the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who angered Kemalist President Sezer on April 21 by saying he favoured a US-style presidential system for Turkey.
Erdogan - who was recently described as a "na?ve upstart" by Islamist leader and his former party boss Necmettin Erbakan - said such a system was necessary to combat widespread nepotism in Turkey. Generally mention of "nepotism and corruption" tend to refer to practices associated with the Kemalist system, to which military-backed President Sezer belongs.
In a televised interview, Erdogan said: "A presidential or semi-presidential system is my desire in politics... The ideal for me is the American model. Naturally, a consensus is needed for that between all institutions in the country and the people; otherwise such a transition will not be healthy. But if we manage to achieve this, I believe Turkey will make a significant leap forward". The prime minister added that a presidential system would help combat cronyism and corruption by ensuring a complete separation of government and the legislature".
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat News Service|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 5, 2003|
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