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New Year, Same Old Turkey

Democratic anomaly became the new Turkish normal several years ago.

  • Burak Bekdil
  • Gatestone Institute

The anomaly, sometimes, offers entertaining moments, too.

Take, for instance, Parliament Speaker Binali Yıldırım, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s most important political confidant (and former prime minister), who became the joke of the day when he declared: “Animals, too, are living beings”.

Someone teased him on social media: “He is right. And I am adding: Plants, too, are living beings.”

A few days later Yıldırım, under fire from the opposition because he refuses to resign as…

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