Erdoğan has given the starting whistle

ALI SAYDAM,  Saturday 10:45, 11 February 2017
For days, the Republican People's Party (CHP) has been arguing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would not sign the parliamentary decree on the constitutional amendments that are set to go to a referendum this April since opinion polls have shown that yes votes surpass no votes. However, it is mistaken in its prediction once again, given that Erdoğan first ratified it and then started the “yes” campaign with a speech in Aksaray yesterday.

During the event, Erdoğan referred to the national independence struggle several times and inaugurated natural gas storage systems under Tuz Lake. Delivering a speech that the huge audience often disrupted with applause, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said that the area's proportion of electricity generation increased nearly 50 percent.

I would like to underline some of what Erdoğan said in his extremely impressive speech. "We will bring our country above the levels of contemporary civilizations!" Erdoğan is one of the few politicians in the country who voices this sentiment about our national culture, which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk first coined in his Tenth Year Speech. Erdoğan continued, “Turkey is waging a second independence war,” and then quoted one more of Atatürk's adages: “There is no defense line, but defense territory. This territory is the whole of the motherland!”

Another of Erdoğan's profound statements was: “The global world order is collapsing. A new world order is being established. Turkey must have a part in this new order."

A song that created the impression of a referendum song at the Aksaray rally yesterday came out for the first time.

Perhaps the song, which cannot be said to be very effective when first heard, sticks in mind with its lyrics and composition after hearing it many times. This is because the aim of an election song is for its lyrics and melody to immediately get stuck in voters' heads.

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