PM Erdoğan loves green, especially when it comes to dollars: Main opposition leader
LÜLEBURGAZ – Doğan News Agency
Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu speaks at an agricultural forum in the Thracian town of Lüleburgaz, Sept. 28. DHA photoMain opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has once again slammed the government’s policies, mocking Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s repeated statements about his love for the green.
In a speech at an agricultural forum in the Thracian town of Lüleburgaz today, Kılıçdaroğlu argued that Erdoğan had “betrayed” slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying the Turkish leader turned on his erstwhile Libyan ally just a few months after receiving a human rights award from the North African government.
“[Erdoğan] received a $120,000 prize. He said he would distribute the money to relatives of slain soldiers. We asked him, to whom did you give the money? [There was no response],” the Republican People’s Party (CHP) head told the crowd.
“Especially when it comes to dollars, he loves green,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
Stressing that Gadhafi helped Turkey during the Turkish military’s 1974 operation in Cyprus, Kılıçdaroğlu said Erdoğan would not be able export democracy if there was none at home.
“Don’t trust those who have a culture of betrayal in their past. [Erdoğan] has sold the worker, the villager, the shopkeeper. He declared himself the master. He is the master of the culture of betrayal, without a doubt,” he said.
Kılıçdaroğlu also slammed Erdoğan for crying over the daughter of a Muslim Brotherhood politician shot during a crackdown in Cairo, but not doing the same for a Dutch citizen of Turkish origin who died during al-Shaabab’s attack on a mall in Kenya.
“You should learn their acting. Are you solving the problems of the farmer? No, [you are telling stories about] religion. Turkey should get off that track,” he said, adding that the CHP would not use death for politics.
“I want every citizen who cares about the future of my country to do something: Convince someone who hasn’t voted CHP during the last elections to vote CHP. Turkey needs to be repaired, to have a new face, a new government. A government that would lift it up to [the level of] modern civilization,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.