Is Turkey still a “role model” for the MENA?


Is Turkey still a “role model” for the MENA?

By Aylin Unver NoiAssociate Researcher at MEDEA Institute and Assistant Professor at Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey

The AKP whose image was built on being a clean party has faced the biggest “corruption scandal” of Turkish Republican history on December 17, 2014. The investigation on corruption deeply damaged the image of the AKP not only in Turkey but also in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where Turkey was seen as a source of inspiration. Furthermore, the acts of AKP give the impression that it is backtracking on each and every reform step achieved by the party just to cover up a corruption scandal.

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