Necmettin Erbakan Why Turkey honors him today
Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the passing of the country's former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who passed away on February 27, 2011.
Speaking to his party's parliamentary group, Binali Yildirim hailed Erbakan as "a dignified politician", one who never used "the language of hate" but instead favoured "the language of affinities".
"He brought soft words and a smiling face to politics," said Yildirim.
Yildirim recalled how, at rallies, Erbakan called on people to swear by God to stand against people who harmed Turkish law or fellowship.
Erbakan had to resign his post in 1997 - after less than a year in office - in what became known as the "post-modern coup".
In 1997 the Turkish military issued a series of "recommendations", which the government had no choice but to accept. Erbakan agreed to a compulsory eight-year education programme (to prevent pupils from enrolling in religious schools), a headscarf ban at universities, and other measures. He was then forced to resign, and his government collapsed and was replaced by a new civilian government.....
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