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Turkey as a guide for Egypt

This New York Times article elaborates on the comparison of what Turkey is now to what Egypt could be in the future.  The basis for the comparison lies in both countries’ strong militaries and Islamist political parties.  And both get along with the United States and Israel.  Here is why Egypt should look to Turkey as a model:

On the economic front Egypt maintained state control, with many restrictions on foreign trade and domestic competition. By contrast, Turkey, which hopes to join theEuropean Union, has opened up its economy and unleashed a dynamic private sector.

Today, with similarly sized populations of about 80 million, Turkey has an economy that is nearly four times the size of Egypt’s.

The article notes that Obama and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been calling each other throughout the Egyptian protests.  Further:

With the Egyptian military likely to play the role of political guarantor in any transition from Mr. Mubarak’s rule, analysts suggest that Turkey might serve as a model for introducing new political parties, writing a constitution from scratch and ultimately stepping aside and letting the democratic process play out (as uncomfortable as that might be) — all of which the Turkish military has done since the 1980 coup.

 

 

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