Κυριακή, 21 Ιουλίου 2013

The Egyptian coup is a warning to Turkey – but will Erdoğan listen?

Morsi supporter in Tunis
Although Ennahda's situation is much closer to Mohamed Morsi's than the AK party's, the coup is less threatening in Tunis than it is in Ankara. Photograph: Chedly Ben Ibrahim//Demotix/Corbis
Egypt's coup was not just a major shock for Mohamed Morsi, but also for the Middle East's most successful Islamist party: Turkey's AK party. When news of the Egyptian army's deposing of Morsi broke, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, cut short his holiday on the Aegean coast and convened a crisis meeting of senior ministers. Over the following days Erdoğan strongly condemned the coup, calling it the "killer of democracy and the future" and referring to Egypt's "so-called administration". Why does the coup matter so much to Erdoğan's AK party?
One problem is that the Egyptian coup upsets the AKP's vision of exporting its brand of populist democratic Islamism throughout the Middle East. The AKP saw the Islamist parties that were elected after the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt as following its lead, and cemented this connection with aid – including training and equipment for Tunisia's police and a $1bn loan to Egypt.

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