71:17 it has all these connections with the 71:19 West there are a fully Islamic state 71:21 overwhelmingly Islamic in religion 71:25 reason apart Awad himself is a 71:28 center-right 71:29 conservative a religious fellow okay 71:33 which has caused some tension within 71:35 Turkey since Turkey has fought very hard 71:37 and prides itself on being a very 71:40 secular liberal democracy despite it's 71:44 almost 100 percent Islamic population 71:47 they from a distance and I've said this 71:50 about Turkey before they really are the 71:53 most successful Islamic democracy on 71:55 planet earth again it's starting to look 71:58 like it's a little bit of trouble in 72:00 today's world but historically that's 72:01 what they've been why is that partly 72:04 because of President Recep Erdogan he 72:07 seems to be dissolving the hardline
72:09 between the secular state and the 72:11 promotion of religion as being a much 72:14 more integral part of life and perhaps 72:17 even of governance in Turkey and that's 72:20 got a lot of people scared I've known 72:22 people ever since this guy's been in 72:23 power a decade or longer that have said 72:27 he's from a religious political party 72:30 he's trying to make turkey into a 72:32 religious state and I said for a decade 72:34 now this guy's pretty liberal he's Pro 72:37 democracy he just happens to be of a 72:43 political party and it's called the a 72:44 kay party by the way the AKP or the a 72:47 kay party is a kind of a religious party 72:50 it's called the truth and justice party 72:52 something like that some injustice and 72:54 they are openly kind of yeah we are 72:58 conservative and we like our religion 73:01 and by the way if anybody thinks that 73:03 sounds crazy what are the Republicans in 73:06 the United States aren't they kind of 73:08 conservative and pro religion Pro 73:10 Christian religion but of similar status
73:15 I would say the aka is like yes we're 73:18 conservative but we're very religious 73:20 and we think that religion should be 73:22 more of a part of life again thing 73:24 of Republican party candidates who might 73:27 say yes we should have prayer in school 73:29 again like we used to the a k party in 73:31 Turkey would say yes we think the same 73:32 thing so it's not that they're wildly 73:35 religious trying to turn Turkey into a 73:37 theocracy but they have been pulling it 73:40 in that direction ever since our Diwan 73:44 has been in charge he was the Prime 73:47 Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 73:51 okay so he's been in office only 13 73:54 years now he's been in power then he got 73:56 elected as president in 2014 we already 74:01 talked about this stuff though the Prime 74:02 Minister versus the president the prime 74:05 Turkey's supposed to be a place where 74:07 the Prime Minister is the person 74:10 actually in charge which receptor Dewan 74:12 was from 2003 to 2014 but then he's been 74:17 changing the rules and changing the
74:20 Turkish Constitution to give more power 74:22 to the presidential office it's supposed 74:25 to even right now in 2016 it's supposed 74:28 to be that the president is the 74:30 ceremonial position and the Prime
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- Fall '08
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom