Sabancı Holding Chairman Guler Sabancı's Statement About the Results of the Local Elections of 29 March

30.03.2009

- Guler Sabancı: "NOW WE MUST LEAVE THE 29 MARCH BEHIND, AND PROCEED WITH WORKING FOR THE FUTURE"

"We have left behind the 29-March Local Elections, having passed another democracy test successfully altogether as a nation.  Above all, I wish every success to our local administrators in their new offices.  The developing results of the elections do of course carry certain inherent messages.  I hope that every party and every administrator reads such messages sent by the public correctly, and reflect them on the political life the most proper way.

The current global economic crisis, which has deeply affected Turkey as well, continues in full swing.  Now we must all leave the 29 March behind, and proceed with working for the future.  While getting out of the atmosphere of elections, and maintaining the fire-fighting actions against the economic crisis, Turkey should take medium and long-term permanent measures.  Furthermore, in this new period, all the institutions and political parties of our country should give their priority to the revival of the European Union accession process.

I wish that the results of the local elections be beneficial for Turkey."