14 Jun '11, 3am

Turkish democracy 'firmly established': deputy PM

Turkish democracy 'firmly established': deputy PM

LONDON: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Tuesday the AKP's thumping general election victory spelled the end of the coup era and was a mandate for the country to become a fully-fledged democracy. The third straight term won by the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) would be seen as an important milestone in the history of Turkey's democracy, wrote Arinc in an article for British newspaper The Guardian. The AKP's rising share of the vote "shows that democracy and democratic institutions in Turkey are firmly established," he argued. "Turkey has now left the coup era behind." The AKP's third term "is a historic opportunity for Turkey to be a constitutional state with a fully-fledged, advanced democracy -- a prerequisite for EU membership," he wrote. The AKP's critics have pointed to the fact that dozens of journalists are in jail. They have als...

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