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A bitter anniversary

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18.08.2017
Over 18,000 people perished, tens of thousands left homeless; the industrial heartland of the country was devastated. The Aug. 17, 1999 earthquake and the consequent Dec. 12 tremor were sufficiently bad for a country with a miserable three-way coalition government to slide into a financial crisis, making the 2000-2001 twin financial collapse inevitable.

The country was paralyzed with two very strong quakes devastating its industrial heartland, and as if they were not enough, the wretched coalition government was headed by a prime minister not only dependent but hardly standing on the pessimistic and fatalistic climate in the country that he produced himself. It was because of that climate that the very new Justice and Development Party (AKP) stood out as the “only untested” political group, grasping political power as though picking an overripe apple fallen from a tree.

Those believing in conspiracy theories - and they are abundant in this country like in all other Middle Eastern societies - have been claiming since then that the AKP ascending to power was an excellent scenario written, prepared and staged by a cast selected by “outside........

© Hürriyet Daily News