ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his nation's families to have at least three children, Turkey's daily Hurriyet reports.
Erdogan used a speech to declare that the strength of a nation lies within its families, which must be fortified with more children.
“One or two children means bankruptcy,” Erdogan said speaking at this week's International Family and Social Policies Summit. “Three children gives families a chance of improvement and it helps the population which currently risks aging.”
Erdogan noted that many countries in the West face the problem of an aging population, and stressed that it is an issue that should not be taken lightly in Turkey.
Erdogan also underlined that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) centers its policies on strong families with solid values.
“It is extremely dangerous if a family loses its values and therefore we are working on projects to protect these values and carry them through the generations,” he said in the Wednesday remarks.
An Erdogan poster in Istanbul (myrat)
The AKP has distributed 108 billion Turkish Liras ($610 million) in social aid to ensure family unity is not jeopardized by economic burdens. “If we gave aid to the fathers they would buy cigarettes, but we gave aid to the women of the households so it benefits their children,” Erdogan said.
This is not the first time Erdogan addressed the nation about the size of families. Speaking at a Women’s summit in March, he said that women should not believe in “television propaganda that suggests Turkey’s population is too large.”
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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