Turkish PM Yildirim: those resisting change will disappear

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

Speaking at an opening ceremony for a hospital in the city of Mersin about the proposed constitutional reform package expected to be put to referendum in April, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said, “This is not a regime change. What is changing is change itself. Those resisting against change will disappear. In April we will say ‘yes, yes, yes’ to those that say ‘no’”.

Yildirim was in Mersin for the opening of Turkey’s first ‘city hospital’ that took 15 years to open. On why the project took so long to complete, Yildirim said, “Whenever we decide to do good work, we always find the ones that say ‘no’ blocking our way. Just like today. But as they said ‘no’, as they resisted, we got to where we are today by overcoming the obstacles.

Opposition parties have criticised the proposed constitutional reforms claiming the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is implementing a regime change. Yildirim, who responded to this claim, said, “What regime change? Forget about the regime changing, change your mentalities. Where is the world going, where are you? The regime is not being changed. What is changing, is change itself.”