Turkey: Davutoğlu sets out with ‘restoration program’

Turkey’s outgoing Foreign Minister and incoming Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu arrives at the Prime Ministry for a Cabinet meeting in Ankara on Aug 25. AFP Photo / Adem Altan

PM-designate Davutoğlu heralds a ‘restoration’ in his planned government to repair ’90 years of damage’ to the Turkish Republic

Ahmet Davutoğlu, the sole candidate for the ruling party congress today and likely next prime minister, is set to chart a course of “restoration” in the government’s new program, according a source close to the PM-designate.

“The era of great restoration” was what Davutoğlu spelled out after being nominated as the candidate by President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 21. However, the term does not refer to restoring the Ottoman Empire, the Davutoğlu aide stressed to daily Hürriyet.

The struggle against the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, also dubbed by the government and Erdoğan as the “parallel structure,” is another concept to be included in the government program.

Davutoğlu and his team carried out two studies over the weekend on the eve of the convention in Ankara, with one of them focusing on his inauguration and the other group revising the government’s program…

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Certainly that (English) word “restoration” sounds vaguely ominous. An op-ed by Gülse Birse in the same paper notes:

You should be afraid of the word “restoration” in Turkey.

Because for us, the word “restoration” means repairing a historical building, we tend to have a negative view as the results end up being awful.