Kemal Kilicdaroglu:  Government failure aggravating problems

The country’s fundamental problems are being aggravated as the political mechanisms are falling short of dealing with  issues such as education and the Kurdish question, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said.

“Turkey has some fundamental problems. The political institution does not spend the necessary time and effort on their solution,” Kemal Kilicdaroglu said while addressing his party’s webinar “Call to the Second Century” on April 17.


“Problems are getting bigger and bigger and are moving into more difficult areas to solve. For instance, the problem of education is one of them. Another, the Kurdish problem,” he added.


The Kurdish issue in Turkey has almost turned into an “international problem,” the CHP leader said, adding that “Turkey could have solved this problem on its own volition.”


He blamed the government for not being able to carry out reforms in the economy, pointing out that Turkey had constant difficulty in executing credible  monetary policy due to heavy FX  borrowing and inflation causing extraordinarily high interest rates.


As the Turkish Republic is about to enter its second century, there is no reason she can’t  be very prestigious and a strong country, he said.


If Turkey does not invest the energy of its youngsters into development and transformation in philosophy of state and society, the country will lose again, Kilicdaroglu said, noting that the CHP agenda of  “Call to the Second Century” aimed to  address and facilitate  change.


“If democracy had developed in Turkey, we would have been talking about universities, environment, the world, universe and space. Perhaps serious studies could be done in the philosophical field,” he stated.


“We might have been having discussions with futurists about the future of the world. Every politician should meet with the futurists at certain times and talk. They will tell us where the world might be in the next century and where the technology is heading. But we are just at the beginning of the road,” Kilicdaroglu said.


In the second century of the republic, Turkey must push and re-orient all its institutions to democracy to an individual- and environment-oriented society,  he emphasized.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.