Prayers for Erdogan to Be Held across Bosnia
Prayers in support of embattled Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan are planned for Friday across Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the Anatolian Agency.
According to the report, the initiative was started by the International University of Sarajevo, which proposed that the prayer at the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in Sarajevo be "a collective prayer for Turkey's PM and his cabinet."
The campaign has been occasioned by the political and financial turmoil going on in Turkey after a high-profile corruption probe forced Erdogan to replace close to half of his cabinet.
The Turkish PM has consistently described the proceedings as part of a plot, backed from outside of the country, to oust him from power.
According to the Anatolian Agency, the prayer for Erdogan initiative met vast support, with 34 other Islamic sites of devotion across Bosnia joining.
In the past, Erdogan has made forceful - and controversial - references to Turkey's historic link with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As most of the Balkan peninsula, the country was for centuries part of the Ottoman Empire, and now the majority of its population is Muslim.
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Kind of hypocritical of Erdogan to cry about a foreign plot to destabilize his country. Wasn't it Turkey which was the biggest foreign power actively involved in destabilizing Syria by providing military equipment and safe passage to rebels. Now it's Erdogan's turn, what did he think he would be in power forever?
P.S. What do Bosnians have to do with the Turkish government, or is it the Turkish government which is financially supporting them. Imagine if Russians held a prayer in an Orthodox cathedral for Yanukovich's government.
"now the majority of its population is Muslim."
That is true, Bosniaks who are the original inhabitants of Bosnia for tens of thousands of years, make up 54% according to the latest census. Genocidal Serbs are recent immigrants, and the so called Croats are essentially Catholic Bosniaks who decided to call themselves 'Croat' at the beginning of the 19th century largely due to missionary efforts from mainland Croatian priests to the local Catholic peasants.