President Erdoğan has turned Turkey into a tribal state: CHP head
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of turning Turkey into “a tribal state” through foreign policy missteps and his overarching influence on all executive and legislative process in the country.
“He keeps on saying that the Turkish Republic is not a tribal state ... But you are trying to turn the Turkish Republic into a tribal state. We are struggling to prevent this from happening,” Kılıçdaroğlu said on Oct. 17, addressing his party group at parliament.
His comments came after Erdoğan stressed on Oct. 9 that “Turkey is a state of law, we are not a tribe or a tribal state,” in response to diplomatic tension between Washington and Ankara over the U.S.’s visa restrictions on Turkish citizens following the arrest of a U.S. Consulate official.
“You cannot talk about democracy in a country where there are impositions, corruption and 9 million poor people. That is called a tribal state,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“A tribal leader instructs and everybody follows their instruction,” he said, in reference to the president’s vow to pass the law amid fierce objections from opposition parties and women’s rights groups.
“He said ‘this law will pass in parliament.’ A tribal leader said it. Why do I call [him] a tribal leader? Because the parliament speaker is silent. The parliament speaker cannot say ‘this is parliament and nobody can interfere with its will,’” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
“This is the leader of a tribal state. When he instructs, [lawmakers] come and vote,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.