Prayers for Erdogan to Be Held across Bosnia

World | January 3, 2014, Friday // 13:06|  views

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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Tags: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Muslim, Ottoman Empire, corruption, Islamic, prayer, Sarajevo


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