Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ankara deputy Haluk Özdalga has stated that the political turmoil Turkey is going through is currently above the conflict between the government and the Hizmet movement and needs an urgent intervention by President Abdullah Gül, further deeming it a crisis of both government and democracy.
“The turmoil we are going through -- which I call a crisis of government and democracy -- is at such an extent that the damage to the country's regime, economy and international esteem is growing incrementally,” Özdalga said, further adding that the support of the president is a must in such a chaotic atmosphere.
“Leaving all personal benefits and special conditions behind, the president should take steps towards [intervening] within the bounds of his constitutional authority. He seems to be the only way out to overcome the current crisis. The tension and chaos which cannot be eased might lead to permanent damage to the country. I personally think President Abdullah Gül should urgently intervene in this political turmoil and hope this unrest will come to a halt through the efforts of our president.”
Expressing his views on the recent Cabinet reshuffle -- which saw 10 ministers replaced -- on his Twitter account on Thursday, former Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, who is currently an AK Party İzmir deputy, said: “I wish the newly appointed Cabinet members success in their duties. For now, I can only say I don't find the new justice minister and interior minister to be good choices.”
Another AK Party İzmir deputy, Erdal Kalkan, expressed his views on the Cabinet shifts. Critical of the prime minister's choice for new interior minister, Kalkan posted a tweet on Thursday in which he stated: “Isn't there a single person who would have the necessary qualifications to be an interior minister in the AK Party, which is represented by 324 deputies in Parliament? Shame!”