Erdogan disappointed with Turkey’s weak opposition

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expresses disappointment on Sunday concerning weakness of Turkey’s opposition parties

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained about the weakness of opposition political parties in the country on Sunday, saying that Turkey has been unfortunate for not being able to witness a strong opposition.

Speaking to businessmen at a ceremony hosted by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Erdogan told participants that the country’s businessmen are very well aware of the realities faced by Turkey, however, the opposition parties are “far from the facts” existing in the country.

“The leader of main opposition [the leader of Republican People's’ Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu] makes promises at rallies on issues that are already addressed by the Justice and Development Party [AK Party]. He claims he will create one million new jobs annually but the current government already created over 1.3 million new jobs last year. He pledges he will provide occupational training for 800,000 but there are over one million enrolled in occupational training under the current government. About 110 out of 160 promises made by CHP on work life have already been implemented by the governing AK Party. From the looks of it, they are not closely following the developments in Turkey,” Erdogan said.

Further criticising the main opposition leader, Erdogan said that Kilicdaroglu’s pledges contradict one another and stated that “Our nation does not deserve such politicians who lack devotion and are so uninformed of their country and people.”

Erdogan also accused Turkey’s opposition parties are forming a coalition to drag the country into chaos as the governing AK Party works hard to ensure stability.

In the meantime, general secretary of the presidency Fahri Kasirga invited Kilicdaroglu to visit the presidential palace to conduct an inspection related to accusations he previously made, presidency sources revealed.

According to the sources, Kasirga sent a letter to the CHP’s head office which said, “We kindly invite CHP leader Kilicdaroglu upon the instruction of the president to the presidential palace to conduct an inspection concerning the claims he made to the various media organs regarding the presence of gold or gold-plated toilets.”

In response to the claims made by Kilicdaroglu, Erdogan called on the opposition leader to visit the presidential palace to prove his accusations and asked “Are you ready to leave the post if you cannot find anything related to your claims? I am being very clear, if he finds anything as he claimed at the presidential palace, I will leave my job.”  

TRTWorld and agencies