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Both CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli denounced the military coup in Egypt. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Both CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli denounced the military coup in Egypt. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has categorically denounced the July 3 military coup d’état in Egypt, deeming it “unacceptable.”

But Kılıçdaroğlu also used the opportunity to deliver veiled messages to the government over democracy.

“Military coups can never be accepted,” Kılıçdaroğlu said today, speaking to reporters just before a working breakfast with business people from the OSTİM organized industrial zone.

“Especially in the 21st century, it is not right to stage coups to shape societies and this should not be accepted. Democracy is a regime of compromise at the same time. There is a culture of compromise in democracies,” he said after the Egyptian government overthrew President Mohamed Morsi following massive rallies against him.

“If you put compromise aside, and say what I said should be done, you cannot remove hundreds of thousands people from Tahrir Square,” he said.

Kılıçdaroğlu also gave messages to the government, especially referring to the government’s emphasis on elections as proof of its legitimacy during the Gezi Park unrest.

“We see that those who see democracy merely about the ballot box are wrong. There is a concept called pluralism. Those who rule the country must listen to the demands of everyone. Being insensitive toward demands, ignoring them, saying, ‘I have the majority vote, now I can do what I want’ is no longer valid in our day,” he said.

He furthered his remark, saying the main problem in Turkey was “the mentality of imposition” of the government and that the youth had dealt the administration a lesson on this.

“Primarily, Mr. President [Abdullah Gül] and both authorities and political parties must take the necessary lessons. There is one person who displayed his lack of understanding. The name of that person is [Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. I hope that in the near future he understands the youth and the importance of personal rights and freedoms,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

When asked about the possible impact of the coup in Egypt on Turkey, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “I believe that our democracy culture is more developed. No section in our society desires a military coup.”

MHP leader warns AKP on dealings with 'coup gov't'

For his part, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli warned the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to be vigilant in their dealings with the new "coup" government.

"To express wishes siding with democracy without meddling in [Egypt's] internal affairs would be the right and most natural position for the AKP," Bahçeli told reporters today.

"Everyone, including the government and the opposition, is responsible for Egypt getting to this point. Although Morsi is in the role of the victim, he is at fault for not using fairly and inclusively the opportunities at hand. However, it is clear that this military intervention has nothing to do with democracy and cannot be seen favorably," he added.

Human rights commission joins condemnation

Parliament’s Human Rights Inquiry Commission also released a declaration today, condemning the coup, with deputies of all four political parties represented in Parliament signing the declaration.

Elected governments change hands through rules that have been previously set, the declaration said.

“All kinds of intervention except this are against democracy, law and human rights. What has been done in Egypt is one of those coups, and we have seen dozens of them earlier, when they trampled democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The power which has been seized without authority should be returned to the people at once,” the deputies said, “condemning” the coup.

July/04/2013

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mara mcglothin

7/5/2013 4:06:15 PM

Oh come on BLUE The boogeyman is loose and Syria? REally? and now Egypt? Get over yourselves. We have plenty of issues in the West, and have no time to be figuring grand conspiracies.

Blue Dotterel

7/4/2013 9:48:10 PM

@Çilgin, No it wouldn't. The US and NATO supported and still support the murderous anarchy in Syria. "Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas: West was preparing attack on Syria before crisis started". Are the West prepared to start a proxy war in Egypt? Would they arm the MB? The military in Egypt has stepped in to prevent a popular revolution from occurring. Remember, the MB did not participate in the 2011 "revolution". This is another effort by the US to co-opt the revolution.

Çılgın Kanarya

7/4/2013 3:33:17 PM

NADİRİ BAŞARAN, perhaps you would prefer the situation in Syria, where the army intervened on the side of the government to shoot dead peaceful protesters in an effort to crush the popular movement? Then, further down the line, civil war, with all the horrors that brings, like massacres, mutilations, beheadings, rapes & other unspeakable crimes. Make no mistake, if the army had not stepped in quickly to remove Morsi, Egypt would've descended into murderous anarchy. Doesn't this matter to you?

Rimon Tree

7/4/2013 1:31:13 PM

@ Socialist Spot on! @ Nadiri I do not know how old you are, maybe it has escaped your mind that also Hitler was democratically elected and "unhappy" is a very euphemistic expression of what the people of Egypt suffered under MB. You really are clueless!

Brian Irlanda

7/4/2013 1:24:23 PM

To some extent this could be called a "soft coup". But in the final analysis a coup is not acceptable under any circumstances in democratic politics as long as the promises of democracy,free speech, free media are respected by the elected party. Even then there should be no coup but people should protest as they did in Turkey and teach those who are inclined towards authoritarianism a hard lesson. If the government does not learn the lesson it will lose seats at the next election.

Nadiri Başaran

7/4/2013 11:57:27 AM

What is the point of having elections if those that are unhappy use the army to get their way?

Socialist TRK

7/4/2013 10:20:51 AM

This isn't the type of coup that people in Turkey think it is!!! can people stop being so ignorant. the streets are full of people, there is no military law, the new president will be sworn in soon and elections take place at nearest convenience (I hope). This isn't the Turkey of 50-90's... What has happened is positive and without military support it would be like Syria, with a stubborn leader unwilling to leave their post.
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