Two Turkish ministers on Time's list of most influential people

Two Turkish ministers on Time's list of most influential people

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (L) and Economy Minister Ali Babacan. (Photo: AA)

April 19, 2012, Thursday/ 11:56:00

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Economy Minister Ali Babacan have made their way onto Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012.

Time stated that the list is not an attempt to name the world's most powerful or intelligent people, but rather influential figures who have sought to make a change in the world and have affected many people.

The magazine said that while Western countries are facing economic troubles and the Arab world is caught in political upheaval, Turkey has become a model for economic development and democratization in the region with its resilient economy and strong domestic and foreign policies.

Time's article, written by Ayman Mohyeldin, praises Davutoğlu, stating: “The country's external outlook has been the design of scholar turned Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkey has been unequivocal in siding with the Arab peoples in their revolts against autocratic regimes. Known for a tireless work ethic, Davutoglu, 53, has embraced his nation's newfound position as a bridge between adversaries.”

The article also states that under Babacan's leadership Turkey conducted reforms in public spending and the banking system before the financial global crises of 2009. Since the reforms, the Turkish economy has grown rapidly and become a model for weak economies easily influenced by global and regional crises.

Mohyeldin adds that these two ministers are part of a new era, asserting: “While Europe remains preoccupied with its economic crises and the U.S. repairs its tarnished global image from costly wars, Turkey is poised to fill the void by remaining influential and active in the Arab and Islamic worlds. This era of what many are calling neo-Ottomanism has been brought on by Davutoglu and Babacan.”

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