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MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli. AA Photo

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli. AA Photo

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of leading the country to a high level of tension through his “provocative attitude.”

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting of his party’s provincial chairs, Bahçeli said that “humiliating and abasing Turkish nationalism has become a popular trend” due to the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The prime minister, who acts as a provocateur by classifying Turkish nationalism under the same category as racism and separatism has the biggest responsibility for today’s environment of high tension,” he said.

“If ‘the language of sincerity’ means having separatist and destructive intentions, we will either quell this language … or reject it,” Bahçeli added.

The MHP leader’s remarks were an apparent response to Erdoğan’s statement on Feb. 13 when he said: “Bahçeli’s world and our world are very different. Firstly, Bahçeli should learn the language of sincerity.
The lesson given by our nation is obvious, but he has failed to learn the language of sincerity.”

Erdoğan was responding to Bahçeli’s charge questioning his “sincerity,” regarding his recent visit to retired General Ergin Saygun, a former senior military officer who was released from prison after undergoing a serious heart operation.

February/14/2013

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B Medic

2/15/2013 11:57:24 AM

MHP feels more and more like Jurassic Park. They are an irrelevant buch of troublemakers with no politics at all, only hot air and nasty words about other political parties.

Stephen Brunette

2/14/2013 11:12:50 PM

Bahçeli and the MHP are a danger to modern Turkey as much as the AKP, maybe even more. The MHP form of nationalism is and always has been dangerous. A modern Turkey will only thrive without those who harbour hatred for the outside world, particularily the West as all three major parties do. Time to wipe the slate clean and clean out these old school hacks and start anew with visionaries.

mara mcglothin

2/14/2013 8:45:43 PM

Better be careful or he will be incurring a heavy judgement in court for insulting the PM. What is the going rate? Oh yeah, 20,000 Lira.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/14/2013 6:44:13 PM

There you go, a new restriction to expression: "insulting nationalism". Punishable by 15 years in prison.
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