A senior official of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said Hudson Institute Analyst Zeyno Baran was protecting Turkey's main secularist opposition party.
AK Party Deputy Chairman Egemen Bagis referred Thursday to a recent article published in International Herald Tribune by Baran on the political situation in Turkey and said "they realised that political opposition in Turkey is not functioning, so they took Republican People's Party (CHP) under their protective umbrella."
Bagis pointed out that the article regarded CHP as anti- American and anti-EU and said it explained this by saying that they were broken hearted.
He said that Ms. Baran was trying to introduce CHP as an old dusty luggage which could still be serviceable and be marketed after a little cleaning and make ups.
"Yes, you can market it, but will the Turkish people will buy this nonsense," said Bagis.
Bagis also said the article stressed that "hardly anyone in the West would like to see a fascist secular replacement of the current government" and asked "let's see how that fascist secular government will come to power."
An article by Baran appeared in the International Herald Tribune on June 10th, Tuesday with the title "Fighting for Turkey's Soul".
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2008, 16:23