Turkish Deputy explained the decision of Erdogan's Hagia Sophia
The decision of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to make the Hagia Sophia a mosque is dictated by the desire to score political points and win the favour of the electorate, said RIA Novosti Deputy of the Turkish Parliament Ozturk Yilmaz.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after the court verdict, Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
"Erdogan will be able to overcome (the effects - ed.) the possible reaction of the US and the EU. That's why he made this decision - to justify expectations of certain circles of the electorate. He intends to benefit from this decision for the sake of his political survival," - said yılmaz.
In his opinion, the reaction of the international community, including the US and the EU will inevitably follow, but would not change the situation. According to him, Turkey will insist that it is a "sovereign decision" of the country and "nobody has the right to intervene."
Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.