PM Erdogan expresses anger at Çankaya remarks

PM Erdoğan harshly rebuked commentators who expressed that the Çankaya presidential palace had "fallen" after it became clear that AK Party presidential candidate, Abdullah Gül, would be elected to the country's top post on Tuesday.

PM Erdogan expresses anger at Çankaya remarks

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday harshly rebuked commentators who expressed that the Çankaya presidential palace had "fallen" after it became clear that the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) presidential candidate, Abdullah Gül, would be elected to the country's top post on Tuesday.

Commentators representing the staunchly secularist elite of Turkey, which claims that the AK Party has a secret plan to establish a religious state, in an apparent reference to the presidential palace said that the secularists' "last fortress has fallen."
"Those who can say this are disrespectful of the people's will," Erdoğan said. "Çankaya, which is said to have 'fallen,' does not belong to any one person or an elite group, but to 70 million, to the Republic of Turkey."

Erdoğan said the new president must be respected.

The prime minister's comments came during a speech delivered at the 10th General Assembly of the Service Sector Workers' Union, Hizmet-İş.

Erdoğan said if he made any mistakes as an individual, the nation would give him his "punishment in the first election," adding that he would respect the people's will no matter what their decision may be.

"Where is this fortress that is said to have fallen? Whose is this Çankaya? Does it belong to some, or to 70 million children of the motherland? Who are the people in power? Where did we come from? We were born and raised in the land of this motherland. We are the citizens of this country. Those who trusted power in our ands are the children of this land," Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan promises a mafia-free Rize

Prime Minister Erdoğan on Sunday vowed to stand firm against illegal and illegitimate organizations in the country, speaking at a rally held at Republican Square in the Black Sea city of Rize.

"In this country, we will not, we should not, succumb to any illegitimate groups such as the mafia or gangs. This can only be achieved through solidarity, through standing side by side. We will be courageous. If we don't put our hearts into this, then, as in the past, mafia groups will rule this country."

The prime minister's comments came at a rally held marking Rize Residents Day.

He also praised the recent positive developments in Rize, noting that it is a safe town.

"At some point, there were serious problems. Our businessmen would get on the phone to tell us about their problems and complaints; however, those problems have been minimized. I believe that it will get even better," vowed Erdoğan, adding that his government will stand firm, alongside local residents, in their fight against business crimes. The prime minister also thanked the local police and gendarmerie forces for their fight against crime over the past six months.


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