Turkey tries to use its model of Islam in Egypt
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 18 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
Although Turkey supports establishing of a democratic regime in the country after the events in Egypt, leading Arab political analyst said that in fact Ankara's authorities want to apply their experience of establishing democratic Islam in Egypt.
"Turkey is a country that was able to build a democratic state, most closer to Islam. It is trying to apply its experience in Egypt now," Mahmoud Ahmed told Trend over phone from Cairo.
Following the resignation of President Mubarak, Egyptian Islamic opposition organization Muslim Brotherhood announced about the decision to establish a political party. Muslim Brotherhood organization stressed that it planned to create a party long ago, but it was banned by the government.
Large-scale anti-governmental protests were held in Egypt. Thousands of people in different cities across the country went to the streets, demanding President Hosni Mubarak's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. The unrests in the country have killed at least 300 people and injuring over 4,000. A one million march passed at Tahrir Square in Cairo to demand the resignation of President Mubarak. As a result, on Friday, Mubarak announced about his resignation. The leadership passed to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to lend an ear to the demonstrators and leave his post.
Erdogan stated that Mubarak should take decisive measures that meet the opposition's expectations.
Ahmed said that if democratic Islam is established in some Arab countries, Turkish authorities will be able to get a partner against Israel.
"Turkey has been conducting a policy aimed against Israel for the last few years. It needs to get a partner in the face of Arab countries", he said.
Turkey began to pursue a policy of rapprochement with Iran and the Arab world, strongly opposing Israel after the Justice and Development Party came to power in Turkey in 2002.
The relations between Turkey and Israel, closely working in the military-political sphere until the recent period, worsened after the Israeli military attacked the marine convoy "Freedom Flotilla" on May 31, which was moving with humanitarian goods to Gaza. After the attack, which killed nine Turks, Ankara announced about reviewing the relations with Tel Aviv and demanded an official apology for the attack and compensation for the families of the dead Turks.
Ahmed also said that Turkey will support the candidacy of Amr Moussa in the elections.
"Amr Moussa is the most suitable candidate for Turkey because he will pursue a policy of rapprochement with the Islamic world, rather than with the West and Israel," he stressed.
Previously, Amr Moussa said that he will leave his post as Secretary General of the Arab League in March, after the summit of the pan-Arab organization in Baghdad. In several interviews to foreign media, Moussa did not rule out that he will run for the presidency in Egypt. Before the Arab League, Moussa served as Foreign Minister of Egypt for a long time.