Despite Turkey’s ballooning current account deficit, ailing foreign policy and deeply polarized society, this week the public is discussing government’s proposed intention to inspect student houses where men and women live together.
Rift within ruling party
Although Erdogan knows that he is at the center of criticism over people’s lifestyle choices, he does little to avoid plunging the country into unnecessary debates.Mahir Zeynalov
The harmful debate even put Erdogan and his close associate, deputy prime minister Bülent Arınç, at odds. The saga has started when several Turkish newspapers published a leaked report on Monday, claiming that Erdogan spoke about the necessity to inspect mixed student cohabitation. Later on that day, Erdogan’s deputy publicly rejected the reports, describing them “false” and “ill-intentioned.”