Erdoğan says call for three children just advice, not interference

August 08, 2013, Thursday/ 16:22:00

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his frequent call for women to have at least three children, which is perceived as an open interference in one's private live by some, is just a piece of advice.

“They are saying I am interfering in their lives when I call on women to have at least three children. We have not brought out a legal obligation for this. This is something optional. But I, as a prime minister, am recommending three children. This is my most natural right. We are not holding a gun to anybody's head [to have three children].” Erdoğan said on Thursday while addressing supporters of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

“It is okay when [Vladimir] Putin is saying this in Russia, but it is not when Tayyip Erdoğan says this in Turkey. How this could happen?” Erdoğan asked.

Prime Minister Erdoğan has frequently expressed his concern over the declining younger population in Turkey and even suggested that his government may consider giving a “prize” to families that have at least three children.

His critics have been accusing him of interfering in their lifestyle with such remarks.

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