Egypt could learn from secular Turkey, ex-minister says

Hurriyet Daily News

The current situation in Egypt could have been avoided if the post-revolution nation had adopted a secular rather than Islamic constitution, former Turkish minister Yaşar Yakış (pictured) told Hurriyet Daily News in an interview published Monday.


Turkey’s secular system is the main factor that differentiates Turkey from Arab countries in terms of political Islam, according to a former Turkish foreign minister. ‘Had Egyptians endorsed a secular Constitution, they would have been somewhere else,’ says Yaşar Yakış, a former envoy to Cairo.

Looking at Egypt, it becomes obvious how Turkey’s secular system has worked as an advantage, according to a former Turkish foreign minister.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) founders established the party based on the principle that it would not fight the secular system and decided to embrace the majority in Turkey rather than its core pious constituency, said Yaşar Yakış, a career diplomat who also served as ambassador to Cairo.

Had other Islamic movements been inspired by the sociological engineering of the AKP, events could have unfolded differently in the Arab Spring countries, Yakış, a founding member of the AKP, told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Click here to read the interview on Hürriyet Daily News.


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