‘Turkey to become the federal state of Anatolia if constitution changes’

Umit Ozdag, former MP from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), claimed that discussions will begin to change the official name of the Republic of Turkey to the ‘Federal State of Anatolia’.

Ozdag, who was expelled from the MHP for rejecting the party line in the upcoming constitutional reform referendum, was speaking at an event organised by the Democracy Platform when he said, “I always wait for proof to voice a claim. And I will now voice it because I have proof. In the very near future the discussion to change the name of our country from the Republic of Turkey to the federal state of Anatolia will begin.”

The nationalist politician also criticised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for polarising the country ahead of the referendum. “Do not breed bad blood among the people of the country. Show respect for those that want to vote ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the election,” he called on the president.

“28 March 2017 is a shameful day in Turkish history,” he added, referring to the raising of the Kurdistan Region flag in the city of Kirkuk in Iraq. “The division of Iraq and the establishment of an independent Kurdistan is unfolding in front of the eyes of Ankara. [Kurdistan Region President] Barzani and his men are working for the Yes campaign in the South-east [of Turkey],” Ozdag claimed.

“On 16 April the Turkish people will call you to account for your embarrassing actions. The ‘no’ vote is at 58%,” he concluded.