The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 November 2002

Gul takes the reins in Turkey

As noted previously in this space, Justice and Development (AKP) party head Recep Tayyip Erdogan, barred from Parliament, will not be able to serve as Prime Minister despite winning more than enough votes in the Turkish general election. Erdogan has now submitted three names for consideration to Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, and Sezer has chosen Abdullah Gul, 52, once Minister of State in a 1997 coalition government formed by the now-outlawed Islamist Welfare Party. There is still speculation that Erdogan will be pulling Gul's strings.

Posted at 11:40 AM to Political Science Fiction

Let's keep our fingers crossed for the Turks. They've been there for us for so long.

Posted by: Anna at 1:45 PM on 17 November 2002

One of the few friends we have in that part of the world, it seems.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:41 PM on 17 November 2002