Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey had become a more prosperous country since his Justice And Development (AK) Party came to power in 2002.
"During our seven and a half years of rule, nearly 7.1 million cars have been produced. When we came to power in 2002, the number of mobile phone users was 23.3 million and now it is 61.5 million which marks a 165 percent increase. Again in 2002, the number of internet users were around 4 million and now it is 30 million. In 2002, the number of airlines passengers was 34 million and it was 86 million last year," Erdogan told a meeting of his party in Ankara.
"Let me ask: Is this a sign of poverty or is it a herald of a higher prosperity," he said.
Erdogan said the level Turkey had reached was not a coincidence but the result of hard work, adding that the highest economic growth rate in the history of the modern Turkish republic was recorded during their rule, with 11.9 percent in the second quarter of 2004.
Erdogan said despite the global economic crisis, Turkey became the fourth country in the world to have the highest growth rate in Q1 of 2010 with 11.7 percent as it ranked second and first among G-20 and OECD countries, respectively.
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