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WASHINGTON – The results of the demonstrations and now the military coup in Egypt have gotten the attention of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in light of the internal disruptions that already have begun developing in his own country, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
As in Egypt, many demonstrators are calling for Erdogan’s ouster since, as in Egypt, he has shifted from a secular to a more Islamist government.
Until the military coup in Egypt, Turkey and Egypt have been vying for influence in the Middle East since the dawn of the Arab Spring two years ago.
Now that Egypt appears to be going through Round Two of its ongoing revolution, which began in January 2011, Erdogan is concerned over the future of his own government in view of multiplying internal demonstrations.
Sources say that Turkey is far from experiencing a military coup as occurred in Egypt.
Erdogan has done considerable work to eliminate any opposition in the military, initially beginning with arrests of prominent military generals. They were accused of an attempt to overthrow his civilian government as he began make his government more Islamist.
Ousted President Muhammad Morsi attempted to do the same thing in purging his military, but he only removed a few generals.
However, Erdogan has implemented increasingly authoritarian policies that are prompting a rise in social tensions, as they did in Egypt. This is why an innocuous demonstration to protest the demolishing of a public park became almost instantly a rallying cry for nationwide demonstrations against the Erdogan government.
Even though the governments of Morsi and Erdogan were democratically elected, they both imposed limits on freedom of the press, rolled back civil liberties and made changes in the constitution that brought about more centralization of power for themselves.
Reaction from the public was immediate, although in Turkey’s case its economy has been more vibrant than Egypt’s, lessening the prospect for serious social unrest, at least for now.
However, regional analysts believe that even Turkey’s economy could experience a serious downturn in the next year or so. This is due to the lessening of financial investment in the country from the U.S. and Europe, which are experiencing their own economic difficulties.
In addition, the increasing demonstrations are beginning to have an impact on foreign investment in Turkey, a development which could lead to greater social friction in the near future.
In seeing a drop in their investments, business leaders are beginning to side with demonstrators, who recently took to the streets over the government turning a park into a business complex.
One Turkish observer, Victor Kotsev, the CEO of one of the largest lenders, Garanti, has come out in support of the demonstrations that are revealing general social dissatisfaction with the government.
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