Ankara, February 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
Media in Turkey speak of a possible future Erdogan dynasty
Publications of the pro-government press in Turkey give a strong indication that the daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sümeyye Erdogan, plans to get into the politics of the country and will be a candidate MP in the upcoming general elections in June. The final decision will be taken within the next 15 days, as political parties should prepare the lists of their candidates.
Political analysts believe that the move may be an attempt for a future succession of the Turkish president by his own daughter and the creation of his own dynasty, like the Kennedy and the Bush in the USA.
The 30-year old headscarf bearer, daughter of the Turkish president, had already begun to appear more often in the news.
Sümeyye Erdogan, in recent years closely follows all the steps of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president takes her in all his official visits abroad. In all his travels abroad Sümeyye is always close to her father, including the private meetings with foreign leaders. The same goes for every meeting of the president with foreign leaders in Ankara.
Sümeyye Erdogan, has a different profile for women with headscarf in Turkey. She acts as foreign policy advisor to the Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Because of the older law that banned the Islamic headscarf in universities of Turkey, she studied History and Sociology at the University Indianapolis in the US and has a Masters degree from the “London School of Economics” on “NGOs and development.”
She deals with art, plays the violin, etc.
She often goes to theater performances. But she is as hard as the father. In 2013, she left during a performance, after the artist remarked on her chewing gum. She says that what had upset the actor was the headscarf. Some said that, when they saw Sümeyye stand up and leave remembered her father giving up the meeting in Davos in 2009, after the altercation he had with Israeli President Simon Perez.
“Sümeyye Erdogan with her active presence in politics shatters all preconceptions about the headscarf. She is changing the set perceptions of the political elite of the country. So far this elite did not tolerate the presence of women with headscarves even to dinner and had made life hell for women with headscarves. Sümeyye, with her effort, gives the best answer to this mentality”, had written about her the columnist Cuneyt Ozdemir of the newspaper Radikal.
Her supporters say that “her actions is in fact a response to conservative who prefer the woman at home”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has four children, two daughters and two sons. Sümeyye is the smallest of all. Many in Turkey would expect that the Turkish prime minister would prefer to have next to him one of his sons. Erdogan, however, seems to believe in the abilities of Sümeyye, and that is why in Turkey nobody can exclude that in the future there may be a dynasty of the Erdogan family and perhaps Sumeyye will be the first minister or even Prime minister with an Islamic headscarf.