MHP leader tells CHP Ankara mayoral candidate to withdraw from elections
KIRIKKALE / ANKARA
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called on Mansur Yavaş, the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Ankara mayoral candidate, to retreat in the upcoming March 31 elections amid recent claims about a legal suit Yavaş is involved in.
“In my belief, Yavaş announcing his retreat for his respect for the CHP is the high road he needs to take. He should say that he has taken this decision until the investigation concerning him is finalized,” Bahçeli told a group of reporters before his party’s rally in the Central Anatolian province of Kırıkkale on March 13.
“Let’s say that Yavaş is proved to be innocent and that him being framed is proved. In such a situation, the court’s decision will relieve the nation’s conscience. Otherwise, a different situation will occur,” he said.
Meanwhile, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik carried on making claims against Yavaş and said the candidate was “expressing false statements.”
“In his statements, he says that we exhibited an attitude of bias in relation to the person he was disputed with. We do not know this person. We are not taking sides between this person and Mansur Yavaş,” he said.
“Those who understood that they cannot win in a democratic election are trying to tarnish my reputation. This is the most disgraceful election campaign our political history has ever witnessed,” he said.
“Are you thinking about acquitting this impostor who is facing trial on charges of child abuse?” he added, referring to businessman Necmettin Kesgin, who Yavaş accuses of taking payments from the company he was a lawyer at and later fleeing. Kesgin is accused of involvement in a child abuse scandal and has been charged with preparing forged documents and checks previously, Yavaş said in a statement earlier this week.