Ottoman watch: Turkey’s ruling AKP to live on for many centuries, says FM Davutoğlu

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is not just a political party but is also a “great historical movement” that it will “continue to exist through the centuries,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said.

“There are efforts to create an impression that the AK Party is polarizing society and is fueling tension. Just imagine if the AK Party did not exist in this country. For God’s sake, there could never be such a period. The AK Party will continue to exist through institutionalization through the next 10 years and even through the centuries,” Davutoğlu said at a party meeting in his hometown, Konya, on April 21.

“It is not only a political party movement but also a great historical movement. [This movement] is today embodied as the AK Party. In the past, it was embodied in various forms,” he added, citing the Seljuk and Ottoman empires. “This march will not be stopped or prevented for eternity…”