Turkish PM: AKP's 2002 election brought real republicans to power
Exploiters of the republic who despised the public were replaced with real republicans on Nov. 3, 2012, the date the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was elected, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a party meeting marking the 10-year anniversary today, daily Hurriyet has reported.
"Those who patronized the public were removed, and people who serve the public came," the prime minister said. "Nov. 3 was a historic beginning."
"What happened on Nov. 3 was not the AKP's victory, but rather it was the precious nation's way to seize power and politics and to stop the bad course," Erdogan added. "Turkey made a very critical decision 10 years ago."