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Erdogan Promotes Democratization Package

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey's democratization package is a "silent revolution."
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At Beyaz TV last week, I worked on preparing a program about the life of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After a taping with him, we had an opportunity for a chat. I told the prime minister I was contributing articles to Al-Monitor, which has become an important website tracking the pulse of the Middle East. He was glad to hear it. We then spoke of the democratization package at the top of Turkey's agenda these days. Erdogan and his associates see the package of reforms as the “second silent revolution,” tackling a number of issues until now considered taboo and therefore unaddressed in the 90 years of the republic.

The democratization package, on which the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is putting the final touches, covers a range of topics while focusing on four main issues: the peace process with the Kurds and resolution of the Kurdish issue, the Alevi issue, solutions to the problems of non-Muslim communities and the injustices of the Feb. 28, 1997, coup. AKP staffers say the core of the reforms covers a range of injustices. 

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