Turkey is passing through a crucial stage. During the last decade, Turkey witnessed a phenomenal growth in almost every sphere of life. The credit to this development goes to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). Since the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring in the Middle East, Turkey has been in the headlines for various reasons. The terrorist organization, PKK, is also on the move to destabilize Turkey to achieve its goals.
Unfortunately, elements within Turkey are not doing enough to deal with all these issues. Instead of strengthening Erdogan and his government, his political adversaries are creating problems, which is not good for the country and its people.
Erdogan also needs to tread very carefully. The Gulen move- ment is also reportedly conspiring against the government. I urge members of the Gulen movement not to act in self-interest. Erdogan should also stand for justice and should not provide his critics with an opportunity to blame him for corruption or for protecting corrupt people.
All political parties in Turkey must keep the interest of their country on top of their priority list. They should resolve their differences amicably. This tug-of-war will only harm Turkey and affect the masses. This is the time to rise to the occasion both for Erdogan, Gulen and other political leaders. They must not let anti-democratic forces raise their ugly heads again in Turkey.