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September 14, 2010
Wouldn't it be nice if Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned out to be a truly visionary leader of the 21st century? He heads a nation split between secularists and devout Muslims, a country that physically links Asia and Europe, and politically straddles East and West; Turkey is bound culturally to Europe and economically to neighboring Iran. Wouldn't it be nice if Erdogan could prove himself the bridge across these epic divides? At the urging of Erdogan's moderate Islamist party, Turks this week voted by a large majority to reform their constitution, which was crafted in the aftermath of the 1980 military coup in an effort to institutionalize secular rule.
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March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
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WORLD
July 30, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The rift between Turkey's once-dominant military old guard and its rising Islamist political elite took a dramatic turn when nearly all the country's military leadership apparently resigned, escalating a power struggle in a nation that plays an increasingly vital role in the Middle East. Turkish news reports said that the army chief of general staff, Gen. Isik Kosaner, and the officers heading the Turkish ground forces, navy and air force quit Friday. The departures appear to have come in response to further attempts by charismatic Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to bolster civilian control over the military after the landslide election victory in June of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party.
WORLD
December 26, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - An Istanbul prosecutor said Thursday that he had been removed from the investigation of corruption involving the families of high-ranking officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party. The complaint by prosecutor Muammar Akkas, a day after three senior government ministers were forced to resign when their sons were arrested in the graft investigation, signals increasing tension between his office and longtime government leaders concerned about a scandal that threatens to topple the government.
WORLD
September 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man carrying a gun hidden inside a loaf of bread was arrested as he approached a bus carrying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan was climbing onto a bus in Kutahya when security personnel noticed the man approaching and arrested him, the Anatolia news agency said.
WORLD
December 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Turkey's parliament voted to amend the constitution to clear the way for ruling party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in a by-election as a step toward becoming prime minister. Because of a conviction in 1998 for inciting religious hatred, Erdogan was banned from running in a Nov. 3 election, in which his Justice and Development Party won a landslide. A previous constitutional change was vetoed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
WORLD
August 13, 2005 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
The prime minister acknowledged Friday that the Turkish government had mishandled its relations with the nation's minority Kurds, saying their long-running grievances needed to be addressed through greater democracy, not repression. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's admission, believed to be the first by a Turkish leader, came during a speech in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the troubled Kurdish southeast and a hotbed of Kurdish nationalism.
WORLD
April 25, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
The ruling party on Tuesday chose Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as its presidential candidate, heading off a potential political confrontation that had starkly illustrated the split between religious and secular Turks. Turkey's more Islamist-minded prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also had weighed a run for the post, drawing sharp protests from the country's establishment, including the army and the outgoing president.
WORLD
June 3, 2013 | By Glen Johnson and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - What began as local dispute about threatened green space in this metropolis has morphed into a nationwide movement protesting what critics say is the heavy-handed style and increasingly Islamist agenda of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After four days of protests, however, the staying power of a spontaneous movement lacking national leadership is far from clear. Erdogan retains substantial support, has his eyes on a run for president next year and seems unlikely to be forced from office.
OPINION
June 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Gezi Park is not Tiananmen Square and Turkey is not Communist China. Still, the heavy-handed evacuation of protesters from the public park in Istanbul over the weekend was unworthy of a democratically elected government. And Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that his opponents were the tools of foreigners and criminals is reminiscent of the rants of dictators. On Saturday, riot police firing tear gas scattered demonstrators who had gathered in the park to protest plans for the construction on the site of a replica of an Ottoman-era military barracks and possibly a mosque as well.
OPINION
June 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Gezi Park is not Tiananmen Square and Turkey is not Communist China. Still, the heavy-handed evacuation of protesters from the public park in Istanbul over the weekend was unworthy of a democratically elected government. And Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that his opponents were the tools of foreigners and criminals is reminiscent of the rants of dictators. On Saturday, riot police firing tear gas scattered demonstrators who had gathered in the park to protest plans for the construction on the site of a replica of an Ottoman-era military barracks and possibly a mosque as well.
WORLD
June 13, 2013 | By Glen Johnson and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Besieged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Friday to freeze construction in a popular Istanbul park after an emergency meeting with antigovernment protesters in Ankara, easing fear of further violence after two weeks of widespread chaos and bloodshed. The meeting, which lasted more than three hours, appeared to be a last-minute effort by the prime minister to avert a police crackdown to remove thousands of demonstrators from Gezi Park who opposed the development plan.
WORLD
June 12, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - With swagger and grand designs, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power more than a decade ago, heralding a new Islamist-based democracy he envisioned as a model for a Muslim world caught in the grip of autocrats, kings and despots. But more than two weeks of protest against Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule have brought a reckoning to a leader who, despite his political astuteness, has miscalculated the fervor from a large part of an electorate opposed to the creeping religious conservatism of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Erdogan is still very much in control, and few would venture that the crisis will bring him down, but the protests have hurt him politically and exposed misgivings within his party.
WORLD
June 7, 2013 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Turkey on Friday morning in a defiant mood, calling for an end to the anti-government protests that have rocked the nation during the last week. In a speech from atop an open-air bus to thousands of supporters, Erdogan, back from a four-day trip to North Africa, said, "These protests must end immediately. " "No power but Allah can stop Turkey's rise," continued Erdogan during an address to the scores of Justice and Development Party faithful who had gathered at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, according to local news reports.
OPINION
June 4, 2013 | By Daniel Pipes
How to interpret the recent unrest on the streets of Istanbul and about 50 other Turkish cities? Specifically, is it comparable to the Arab uprisings over the last 2 1/2 years in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain? On one level, they appear unrelated, for Turkey is a far more advanced country, with a democratic culture and a modern economy. But two connections - autocracy and Syria - do tie them together, suggesting that the Turkish demonstrations could have a potentially deep importance.
WORLD
May 15, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama faces a fresh test Thursday of his determination to steer clear of the civil war in Syria when he considers a desperate plea from a longtime U.S. ally. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to urge Obama in a White House meeting to move more aggressively to end a conflict that has sent more than 1 million refugees fleeing across Syria's borders and threatens to destabilize the region. "Syria will be our main topic.... We will draw a road map," Erdogan told reporters before leaving Ankara, Turkey's capital.
WORLD
December 26, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - An Istanbul prosecutor said Thursday that he had been removed from the investigation of corruption involving the families of high-ranking officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party. The complaint by prosecutor Muammar Akkas, a day after three senior government ministers were forced to resign when their sons were arrested in the graft investigation, signals increasing tension between his office and longtime government leaders concerned about a scandal that threatens to topple the government.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
WORLD
November 13, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt and Turkey are forging an alliance that showcases two Islamist leaders maneuvering to reshape a Middle East gripped by political upheaval and passionate battles over how deeply the Koran should penetrate public life. The relationship may foreshadow an emerging regional order in which the sway of the United States gradually fades against Islamist voices no longer contained by militaries and pro-Western autocrats. Each country has a distinct vision of political Islam, but Turkey, which straddles Europe and Asia, and Egypt, the traditional heart of the Arab world, complement each other for now. Turkey's strong economy may help rescue Egypt from financial crisis, while Cairo may further Ankara's ambition to rise as a force among Islamic-backed governments.
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