İstanbul, Mar 28 (DHA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed German daily Bild for running a bilingual headline saying “Atatürk would have said ‘no’” to proposed charter amendments that will vastly increase the president’s powers, saying Atatürk would have said “yes” because “he lived in a state that we would like to bring in.”
“On what ground have they said such a thing? Do they have the ability to read the memories of Atatürk? What does it have to do with Atatürk?” Erdoğan said in a joint televised interview on private TV channels ShowTV, HaberTürk TV and Bloomberg HT late on Monday.
“Now, I would say, on the contrary, that if Atatürk were to rise again, he would say ‘yes’ to the regulation we have prepared because he, himself, lived with such [a system],” he added.
“Atatürk did what we want to do. Why? He could not even get along with İsmet İnönü who was his fellow worker,” he said.
His comments came after Bild published an article saying that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, would have voted against the constitutional amendment charter if he were alive. The article was published with the headline: “Referendum in Turkey: Atatürk would say ‘no’” in both German and Turkish.
Arguing against the opposition which has criticized the constitutional amendment for bringing in a “one-man regime,” Erdoğan gave the example of the one-party regime of Republican People’s Party (CHP) rule of the 1930s.
“They are insisting on ‘one man.’ If you are looking for one man, take a look at the republican history and see where the one man was. Didn’t Mustafa Kemal rule by himself? We do not want to rule like that, but he was at odds with İnönü,” he said, highlighting an archive report from state-run Anadolu Agency from the 1930s.
“I will show you a document that says ‘crisis of double heads.’ The article states that Atatürk and Prime Minister İsmet İnönü argued about Hatay and Dersim,” he said, referring to what became the southern province of Hatay after the area joined Turkey in 1939, as well as Dersim, which was subdued in an operation in 1938-1939 at the cost of thousands of deaths. The area is now officially known as Tunceli.
“Even they could not get along. Here is the document. It does not work this way,” he said.
İstanbul haberleri Hürriyet yerel haberler sayfasında. Haber ajanslarının İstanbul ilinden Atatürk would have said ‘yes’ President Erdoğan says hakkında ilettiği tüm haberler hurriyet.com.tr farkı ile sizlere ulaştırılıyor. Bu haber ilk olarak 28 Mart 2017 tarihinde saat 18 43’de yayınlandı. Son dakika gelişmesi oldukça Atatürk would have said ‘yes’ President Erdoğan says haberi güncellenecektir.