Turkey’s pro-government Star daily Editor-in-Chief Nuh Albayrak said during a TV show on Sunday that he has been raising the issue of reinstating the institution of the caliphate and suggested Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan become the caliph, saying “Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?”
Speaking during a show on Ülke TV on Sunday, Kurtulmuş said he has been targeted by government critics for repeatedly raising the “caliphate issue” in his columns in the Star newspaper.
“They [Western powers] removed the institution of the caliphate, which had united the entire Islamic world. Now they have a free hand [in the Islamic world]. I have been targeted for raising this issue in my columns. Someone has to raise it. [Government critics ask] ‘Do you want to make Erdoğan a caliph?’ Yes. Let him be [caliph]. What will happen? Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?” he said.