CHP leader calls on PM Erdoğan for explanation on action plan against Gülen movement
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu speaks at Ankara's Esenboğa Airport before his departure to Washington, Nov. 30. Cihan photoRepublican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to explain why he signed a National Security Council (MGK) decision in 2004 recommending an action plan against the Gülen movement.
The document released this week by daily Taraf deepened the row between the Hizmet (Service) movement founded by the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) over a draft bill set to scrap test prep schools, known as dershanes.
“That document released shows how the AKP keeps a foot in both camps. Someone can show up and say ‘I signed it but I don’t know what it was.’ So I am waiting Mr. Erdoğan to speak on this issue, why he signed the document and if he signed after reading it,” Kılıçdaroğlu told reporters in Ankara before his departure to the United States where he is expected to hold four days of meetings with officials, members of the Congress and think tanks.
“The fact that Erdoğan has [avoided] speaking on such an important matter proves his culpability,” Kılıçdaroğlu argued, accusing the government of hypocrisy.
Kılıçdaroğlu also noted that the retired generals convicted under the Ergenekon and Balyoz (Sledgehammer) trials were sentenced after investigation launched upon the release of similar documents.
CHP could support reform bill
Kılıçdaroğlu said that the CHP could give its support to the government’s bill on education on the condition that it intended to carry out a comprehensive change that would remove the necessity of having the dershanes. However, he pointed to the fact that over 100,000 people made their living from such institutions and said their priority would be for these people to keep their jobs.
Kılıçdaroğlu also commented on his U.S. visit, saying that they intended to show Turkey did not only consist of its ruling party.
“We want to tell them that, as CHP, we have assessments and plans regarding issues related to Turkey and its region. We aim to share CHP’s principles and values with our American counterparts,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
He said that the CHP’s delegation would also hold talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama’s office, State Department and Pentagon Officials, along with Congress members and think tanks.