I had to look twice upon seeing a picture of a Turkish woman carrying a light bulb flag in this week’s “Economist”.  It turns out that this is the logo of Ankara’s ruling “Justice and Development” party – which is the English translation of what’s known in Turkish as the “AK Parti” (as seen in the photo) or “AKP”. Both the current President, Abdullah Gul, and Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are members. Founded in 2001, the AK Parti portrays itself as a pro-West, moderate-to-conservative Islamic party operating in a secular context. However, it’s been in the news lately due to allegations that it has been steering the country towards Islamic rule. I am not in a position to pass judgement on the current controversy, but the AKP’s logo at least is AOK by me. The incandescent bulb is meant to symbolize "light, electrical illumination and transparent government". The party’s logo was previously a horse; perhaps some day it will be a CFL.

For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_and_Development_Party_%28Turkey%29  or http://www.hotelsistanbul.net/inform/find.php?cat=21&id=83  


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