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Something going wrong in Ankara

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Sometimes when you read stories in papers separately, they are just news items. But when you list them next to each other, they can give you a bigger picture; and the bigger picture in Ankara nowadays shows some inconsistencies. Something might be going wrong in the Turkish capital.

The first on the list is the last event on the country’s agenda: The firing of Mehmet Bostan from the Turkish Wealth Fund. The fund was established only a year ago on Aug. 26, 2016 in order to create funding and attract foreign investments by showing some $40 billion worth of asset from Turkey’s biggest state bank Ziraat and the flag carrier Turkish Airlines. When it was established, it was promoted as a booster to the future success of the Turkish economy. Only a year after, President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 8 that the fund could not achieve the targets of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government and they were going to decide on what to do with it, including restructuring it, together with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in the forthcoming days.

Another is a matter that links the economy with the restructuring of the AK Parti. Erdoğan said last week during a meeting with provincial heads of his party that he was quite determined to brush away those who fail to match their steps with him or those who get involved in terrorist circles or corruption cases “with no mercy to anyone, starting from ministers.” The........

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