Turkey will now be known as Turkiye. After formally stamping the name change of the United Nations, the way has now been opened for this country to be called by this name internationally. The United Nations put this seal on Thursday. On Friday, the Turkish government celebrated this. Foreign Minister Maylut Kavusoglu said- 'This change will increase the brand value of our country.' On the other hand, Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdoan has said that the new name will better express the culture, civilization, and principles of the Turkish nation.Sinan Ulgen, president of the Istanbul-based think tank EDAM, said, "One of the main reasons for the name change is that Turkey wants to end its association with the bird called the turkey." Then the old word became a symbol of failure in colloquial speech. Ulgen told the American TV channel CNN that now international organizations will have to use the new name of this country. Although a new name will come on the tongue of the people, it will take years now.
This is not the first time an attempt has been made to change the Turkish name. In the mid-1980s, the then Prime Minister Turgat Ozal also made this effort. But that attempt was unsuccessful. Analysts say there is a political motive behind Erdoan's push for change. Presidential elections will be held in Turkey in June next year. The country is currently in deep economic crisis. Meanwhile, by changing the name of the country, Erdoan has tried to divert the attention of the people.
According to Francesco Sicardi, senior program manager at the think tank Carnegie Europe, this is another attempt by Erdoan to woo nationalist voters. He said- 'The timing of the name change is important in view of the elections to be held next year. The name change was announced last December, when Erdoan was lagging behind in opinion polls. The country is currently in the deepest economic crisis in 20 years.
According to Turkish analysts, when there is a time of crisis, it has been President Erdoan's mastery to raise populist issues at that time. At present, the inflation rate in the country is above 70 percent. Because of this people are protesting by taking to the streets. Sicardi said- 'With the new name getting international recognition, the attention of the Turkish people will be diverted from concrete issues. On the other hand, Erdogan's claim that he is engaged in building a country with a strong and well-known identity will be strengthened.
In 2020, Erdoan issued an order to convert Istanbul's historic Byzantine Hajia Sophia Museum into a mosque. Changing the name of the country is also being considered as his step. "When there is no concrete policy to solve the country's economic and political problems, Erdoan Satti tries to find a way out through the politics of identity that drives popularity," Turkish political analyst Siren Korkmaj told CNN.