Main opposition deputy challenges Erdoğan on ties to Soros: Whose leg is this?

Duvar English

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) group deputy chairperson Engin Altay showed a photo of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and George Soros in parliament on Feb. 20, contrasting the image to Erdoğan’s criticism of the Philanthropist.

On Feb. 19, President Erdoğan had criticized a court ruling to acquit businessman, human rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala from charges of affiliation with Soros, Ankara’s prime suspect for funding the anti-government Gezi Protests of 2013.

“They tried to acquit Soros’ arm in Turkey [Kavala]. Gezi was an assault against the state and the people, like a terror attack, like a coup attempt,” Erdoğan had said on Feb. 19. following Kavala’s acquittal after more than two years of detention, and subsequent re-arrest.

“If Osman Kavala is the Turkey leg of Soros, here is Erdoğan in Davos in 2003, Ömer Çelik is here and across from them are George Soros and his team. What does this leg belong to?” Altay said while holding up the photo of Erdoğan and the businessman during a press conference in parliament.

Altay said that he wasn’t commenting on any affiliations between Kavala and Soros and that the independent judiciary was to rule on that.

“Kavala is the one who will inform the public on that matter. I wonder what this leg here belongs to. This photo best shows who’s closest to Soros,” Altay said.

Discussions over “arms”, “legs”, “wings” and “branches” have recently been a recurring theme in Turkish politics. A debate has flared over the “political leg of FETÖ,” a network led by the U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gülen that Ankara regards as a terrorist organization and holds responsible for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

from Duvar English

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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