Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

“They may attack us with their social media and other forces that back them, but we will resist against all these attacks,”

“If being Alevi means loving the caliph Ali, I am a perfect Alevi. I am trying to live the way he did,”

The prime minister responded to ElBaradei’s letter during the İstanbul iftar dinner, saying: “why would I ever talk to you? You are not an elected. You are an appointed by a coup administration.” He also called the formation of a cabinet by the military a “tragedy,” saying this had no place in democracies.

Erdoğan also lashed out at the West once again for not “having the spine” to condemn the recent developments in the most populous Arab state.

“You have won 1.5 but  Morsi won 52 percent of the vote. First, you have to show him  respect,” Erdoğan addressed ElBaradei, adding: “Our issue is not about Morsi, but we consider Morsi the president. We still consider Morsi the president out of our respect for the Egyptian people”

“If ElBaradei had been elected, I would have used the same words that I use for Morsi today. But he could not get elected, Morsi was elected with 52 percent,” Erdoğan said in his continuing criticism of the coup that toppled the first democratically elected president of Egypt.

“If Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei was elected president of Egypt, I would say so about him, but he received 1,5% less of the votes, and Mohamed Morsi received 52% of the vote and was elected president.”

“The greatest surprise was when the individual who carried out the coup, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Defence Minister, stood before the person he himself had appointed as the president of the country in order to take his oath.”  – See more at:

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