POLITICS > Resignations are belated: Turkish opposition


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'Resignations had been somewhat delayed,' main opposition  CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.  DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin Sönmez.

'Resignations had been somewhat delayed,' main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin Sönmez.

While welcoming resignations of three members of the Cabinet over a high-level corruption scandal that has rattled the government, Turkish opposition parties maintained that the move on Dec. 25 was a belated one as the related case erupted on Dec. 17. Furthermore, the opposition stepped up pressure for the resignation of the country’s EU minister who is said to have been involved in corruption and bribery.

“Resignations had been somewhat delayed,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu briefly told reporters when asked about the resignations of Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan.

The third resignation, of Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, came later in the day, after Kılıçdaroğlu’s one sentence statement.

CHP Deputy Chair Sezgin Tanrıkulu, meanwhile, issued a written statement in which he called on EU Minister Egemen Bağış to step down in line with principles related to his post such as transparency and accountability.

“Resignation of two ministers, in the face of corruption and bribery claims that members of the government have been either directly or indirectly involved in, is positive. However, before everybody else, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış whose name is cited as part of corruption and bribery claims should have resigned. Because one of the fundamental consensuses of the European Union is transparency, accountability, respect for law and sensitivity to human rights,” Tanrıkulu said in his statement released before Bayarktar’s resignation.

National Movement Party’s (MHP) deputy parliamentary group chair Oktay Vural, for his part, indicated that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would eventually get involved in the probe as the leader of this government.

“The problem is with him [Erdoğan]. I suppose if a minister is asking for the prime minister’s resignation for the first time, then there are things that he [Bayraktar] knows about. Did these ministers resign as part of the international conspiracy?” Vural asked, in an apparent reference to Erdoğan’s repeated comments suggesting the presence of an international conspiracy behind the probe which actually aims at his government.

According to Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş too, the resignations were delayed.

“The other ministers whose names have been cited should also take the resignation mechanism seriously,” Demirtaş said, however, warning that resignation of the ministers was not an assurance for the healthy conduct of the investigation.


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Brit in Turkey

12/26/2013 3:48:38 PM

ilker avni: You think we could have a sort of Kurban Bayram once a year for tired out politicians? Sounds like a good idea that might be taken up by a few other countries! ☺☺


12/26/2013 1:31:27 PM

The term "Resignation" is something very very new in Turkish politics.The brazen fomer politicians used to steal the money of the public and make all kinds of vile corruption but they did not use to resign.Because, there was not anything like Resignation in their notebook.Thanks God, Our politicians have learned to resign when their dishonesty broke out .We,as a nation, have always witnessed the shameless politicians who stole but never resign.For me,this is the only nice thing in this scandal.

ilker avni

12/26/2013 2:25:25 AM

Turkish people deserve better,where are the young dynamic turks.?Turkeys leaders are nothing but old tired out corrupt sheep that should be slaughtered.Turkey chained by religion and foreign forces, must fight to free itself,Demorcracy comes at a price,Turkish people must decide religion or demorcracy.Ataturks old party led by K kilicdaroglu has the gifted opportuntity to spoil Erdogan the next victory,even with american surport he will lose,Tùrkey needs a young dynamic leader like ATATURK.

Foreigner .

12/25/2013 9:17:14 PM

The nerves of this guy! Then why were you calling about their resignation till now. Who would have though CHP would be relating with Gulen.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/25/2013 7:09:43 PM

I've always suspected that Egemen The Circus Clown was a sleazy character. All good clowns have a few tricks up their sleeves, but these should only be to entertain the public (which he's been doing expertly for many years!), but we can not accept his DIRTY TRICKS to enrich himself, his family and political cronies. We've been saying this for a while now, every single one of these corrupt gangsters will get their comeuppance one day. It'll soon be time to swap the clown outfit for jail overalls.
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