Turkey’s Coup and Erdogan (III)


Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

The Turkish economy’s strong performance also made additional funds available for social policies. While expenditures related to social aid and services amounted to 0.5 percent of Turkey’s annual GDP in 2002, total social spending including Social Security Agency’s various payments rose to 1.42 percent of GDP in 2011.13. In absolute terms, social spending increased from TL 1.376 million in 2002 to TL 18.216 million in 2011.
His center party in near past announced that it aimed to increase the country’s GDP to $2 trillion and GDP per capita to $25,000 by 2023. Moreover, the government expects the annual export volume to reach $500 billion by 2023 and to double the total number of exporters to 100,000 companies.
The turnaround of the macro-economy made the party its leaders hugely popular in Turkey, and he won victories in the subsequent elections despite fierce opposition from the powerful military, which is staunchly nationalist and secular.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his followers assert that they have abandoned the idea of transforming Turkey into a fundamentalist state. They are in favor of building a more open society, based on liberal democracy and economic development based on entrepreneurial capitalism and globalization.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan successfully managed the failed military coup and neutralized its spillover affects to different sectors and segments of Turkey by taking all possible economic, political and the last but not the administrative measures. Failed military coup was defeated with the strong will of people, who laid down their precious lives for the princess of democracy, protection of human rights, development and freedom of expression.
Military coup was defeated through the magic of continued socio-economic prosperity since 2002 under the supervision of President of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and regime of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) which enforced common people to stand against military tanks to safe-guard their present and future endeavors. It was economic growth of more than last 14 years in Turkey which prompted its common people to fight against all odds to restore democracy and its true spirits in the country.
It was constantly, rising per capita income of the people of Turkey which spirited them to stop any military intervention in the country. Last but not the least it was marvelous social development over the last 5110 days which prepared its people to say no to any military misadventure.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was once again sailed Turkey from the shores of political uncertainties to the banks of greater socio-economic-politico stability and sustainability. Fethullah Gulen although a businessman-cum religious scholar but he should not play with the sentiments of common people through his clergy. Islam is the religion of peace and submission which must not the used for any kind of chaos, division and conspiracy.
Turkey is on the path of sustained economic growth which would achieve desired goals of greater socio-economic prosperity, qualitative life, peace and happiness in the country. Political stability, rule of the law and social justice has been institutionalized under the charismatic leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan the President of Turkey and AKP. Stable and sustainable macro-economic development is the secret of a prosperous nation and its people. It commands people and wins hearts. A people friendly leadership like Recep Tayyip Erdogan can sail people from their miseries to joy land through constant socio-economic prosperity.