Eid al-Fitr holiday brings calm to political arena

Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated across world among Muslims brings calm to Turkey’s tense political arena

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s political scene which has witnessed a high tension pre and post June 7 election period has left its place to a calm atmosphere as Eid al-Fitr holiday is marked all around the world among Muslims and is celebrated across the country.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset is celebrated between July 17-19.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu celebrated the Eid of all citizens and called on all four political parties in the parliament to sign a joint declaration that promises democracy, justice and development will stand against the threat of violence and terror.

He expressed gratitude on the leaders of political parties for their attitude during first round of early negotiations and said the talks would resume following the holiday.

Noting that the joy of the Eid encompasses the entire country, he specifically called on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to put some distance between itself and the outlawed PKK.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu are planned to spend their  Eid al-Fitr holiday at his residence in Istanbul.

Erdogan released an Eid message in which he expressed his wishes that the holiday conduces to unity, solidarity and brotherhood among the entire Muslim community as well as in Turkey.

Reminding that the Muslims in many places in the world have entered the Eid holiday in state of destitute, despair and misery, Erdogan said the situation of “our brothers in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Somalia and the entire Islamic region deeply impacts us and shadows our joy. Let’s hope this holy days brings peace and confidence to the entire humanity and conduces to the liberation of our brothers.”

Erdogan pledged that Turkey will remain to extend its hands to all victims and sufferers all around the world without discrimination through the related public and civic society organisations as part of the responsibility the nation inherited from its ancestors and to follow their footsteps in helping others while criticising the inaction of the global actors towards violation of democracy, human rights and respect to beliefs in many parts of the world.

President Erdogan also had phone conversation over Eid with leaders of Muslim countries including King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud , Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

In the meantime, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also is scheduled to spend his holiday in southern province of Antalya where his daughter resides.

CHP leader statement on Eid expressed the holiday has brought joy, friendship and solidarity across the country and called on resolution as opposed to conflict, a political system that forces living together as opposed to isolation, strengthening the speculations that the AK Party and the CHP could form a coalition.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli is announced to spend his holiday in Ankara and he is scheduled to accept greetings at the party headquarters in the second day.

It has not been made clear how HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag would spend their holiday.

The AK Party announced that 152,000 greeting cards signed by PM Davutoglu were sent out to the party’s village headmen, party district and provincial heads, mayors, as well as the non-governmental organisations, municipality members, provincial council members.

Former president Abdullah Gul attended Eid prayer at Istanbul’s Suleymaniye Mosque and exchanged greetings with the citizens that participated the prayer along with him.

Also, the Eid programme for the political parties has also been set. The governing AK Party announced that a committee selected among party members including Oznur Calik, Murat Alparslan, Julide Sarieroglu, Nevzat Ceylan and Zeynep Yildiz would be leading the greetings with the parties.

The committee will begin accepting the party committees on Saturday starting with the CHP earlier in the day followed by the MHP, the HDP and other parties.

At 1:30pm, the AK Party will hold a greeting ceremony with the party organisation.

TRTWorld and agencies