Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
With Turkish voters headed to the polls on Nov. 1 for the country's second general election this year, Gul must decide whether to stand behind President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Gul has been placed in this critical position because, in the last election, held in June, Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) failed to win a governing majority, much less the constitutional majority that would enable Erdogan to transform Turkey's parliamentary system into a presidential one.There is one big difference between Putin and Erdogan.Erdogan, by contrast, had a partner in forming the AK Party: Gul.When the AK Party – which advocated a moderate form of Islamist politics that challenged the secularism that had prevailed since modern Turkey's founding – won its first election in 2002, it was Gul who served as prime minister, because Erdogan was banned from holding political office at the time. But when Erdogan took over as prime minister in 2003, Gul was effectively shunted into the shadows (Turkey's presidency at the time was a largely ceremonial office). And as Erdogan, like Putin, concentrated power in his own hands, Gul's social and economic achievements began to be dismantled.
Is quackery requirement of authoritarian rule?
U.S. Republicans: Profiles in cowardice
Vladimir Putin hopes to play his Trump card with the United States
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE