İYİ Party leader Akşener voices support for Turkish government amid currency crisis
Opposition İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has voiced support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) amid Turkey’s currency crisis, while urging the government to “stop intervening in the Central Bank’s decisions.”
“We support the government on behalf of our country and nation. We have to draw a road map by consulting every group for the course of the economy,” Akşener said in a written statement on Aug. 10.
She said the situation of the economy “is too severe to make it an issue of domestic politics,” voicing her party’s support for the AKP in finding a solution.
Reiterating her party’s criticism toward the AKP’s economic policies, she urged the government “to stop intervening in the Central Bank’s decisions.”
She stated that the government should take steps to restore foreign investors’ confidence, saying that could only be possible by reinstating “democracy, law and property rights.”
“Get rid of the economy aides who have been misleading you and free the economy management from the sovereignty of the son-in-law,” she added, referring to Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law.
“Turkey is not your family’s company,” she said.
“You were alone when you damaged the economy, but now we are ready to act together for a solution,” she added.
“It is a matter of survival for the country. For this reason, draw a road map by getting together with all parties’ economy advisers and civil society,” she said.