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Former Turkish Premier Necmettin Erbakan Has Died

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  1. ovarel

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    Former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, whose coalition government was forced to step down by the military on Feb. 28, 1997, died at the age of 85 from cardiac and respiratory failure on Sunday at an Ankara hospital, where he had been a patient since early January.


    The legendary leader of the National View (Milli Görüş) political movement, Erbakan was re-elected as the head of the Felicity Party (SP) after some troubles within the party last year. After the 1997 coup d'état, his ruling Welfare Party (RP) was banned by the courts and Erbakan was barred from active politics for a temporary period of time.

    The Feb. 28, 1997 event was the fourth military intervention in politics in Turkey, preceded by the coups of 1960, 1971 and 1980. Not only were fatal blows dealt many fundamental rights and freedoms after Feb. 29 but democracy and the rule of law were suspended. The coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious freedoms, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the wearing of the Islamic headscarf. The military was purged of personnel with suspected ties to religious groups, a tradition that is still widely observed today. In addition, a number of newspapers were closed.

    Despite being under a political ban, Erbakan acted as a mentor and informal advisor to former RP members who founded the Virtue Party (FP) in 1997. However, the FP was ruled to be unconstitutional in 2001 and banned. By that time Erbakan's ban on political activities had ended and he went on to establish the SP, of which he was the leader in 2003-2004 and again from late 2010.

    A mechanical engineer by profession, Erbakan entered politics in 1969. Since then, he was an important political figure who influenced Turkish politics.

    He was often referred to as the “number-one victim” of the Feb. 28 coup, but was also harshly criticized for not defending democracy and the rule of law during the coup period. For years, he was accused of leaving his post too easily when the military forced him to resign.

    The timing of Erbakan's death has added another to the painful memories of the Feb. 28 period, which Turkey is set to observe the 14th anniversary today. On the 14th anniversary, there are growing calls on pro-coup factions to end their anti-democratic endeavors targeting the civilian authority and the rule of law.

    In early 1997, the General Staff sought ways to get rid of the conservative government led by Erbakan. The National Security Council (MGK) made several decisions during a meeting on Feb. 28 and presented them to Erbakan for approval. Erbakan was forced to sign the decisions, and he subsequently resigned.

    None of the military figures who had a hand in overthrowing the RP government has, however, stood trial.

    Erbakan was referred to as the “teacher” of several of Turkey's leading political figures, including President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, Turkey Party (TP) leader Abdüllatif Şener and former Prime Minister Recai Kutan.

    Erbakan was sentenced to two years, four months behind bars in a lawsuit known as the “lost trillion” case, but was able to defer serving his sentence by submitting medical reports to the court. The lost trillion case concerns the disappearance of more than TL 1 trillion the Treasury granted to the RP. In 2008, President Gül pardoned Erbakan.

    Erbakan will be laid to rest on March 1 after funeral prayers at İstanbul's Fatih Mosque. A statement from the SP read that the party is not planning a big ceremony for its leader. “Our leader did not want an official ceremony after his death,” the statement read.

    Erbakan, number-one victim of Feb. 28, dies on eve of coup anniversary
     
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    the man has done, turkey has changed, erbakan has died but his soul lives my honour and regards to him, may he rest in oeace and may allah grant him jannat ul firdaus ameen

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    May Allah reward him in aboundance in Jannah. He was a strong voice for restorationtion of Islamic values in Turkey as well as staunch supporter of Islamic brotherhood.
     
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    Our people are so simple minded and get so easily misdirected...

    Erbakan only used Islam as a tool to get leadership and power... He had no sympathies for Muslims...
     
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    despite im not a big fan of erbakan,i think its too harsh..

    what could he do in army-controlled Turkey to be regarded as islamist for you?

    ps:i was hoping to see you btw,lol
     
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    Because of his irresponsible actions many Muslims suffered after February 28 (post modern coup). He was terrible politician. He even called Tayyip Erdoğan as cash collector of zionism.
     
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    dont jump into what bin qasim said because he feels the same about Erdoğan too..he also thinks Erdoğan isnt islamist but using islam to gain power and money..

    erbakan may be a bad politician but saying "he had no sympathy for muslims" is simply not true...
     
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    Of course my dear brother from Turkey... You were expecting me because my soul is in Istanbul!!! The best city in the world!!!

    As for Erbakan not caring about Muslims... Brother... He was the leader of Turkey at a time when he could ve done a hundred times more... not just for Turks but for Kurds and Iraqis... Always remember that a leader is no good if he is bound by anyone on the side... If the army was holding him back, he should ve left power by announcing that the army was not letting him do what he felt was right... He had the resources, the power where he could communicate to his great nation of Turkey what he wanted to do... a point by point plan... yet he gave them nothing even when he had the chance... what good is the slogan of Islam when it does nt solve the problems of mankind...
     
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    well,brother,erbakan is dead now..you are saying that Erdoğan is using islam to gain power and money too.
     
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    I can't comment on how Erbakan's policies affected Turkey internally, but from the perspective of Pakistan, he was a good as he encouraged unity and development between nations.
     
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