Erdoğan sees CHP’s criticism of gov’t as ‘insidious plot’ targeting Turkey

Duvar English

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has likened the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to “insidious plots” targeting Turkey.

“While Turkey is continuing its struggle on many fronts — from the coronavirus epidemic to terrorism, cross-border operations and economic attacks — unfortunately we have to also deal with the opposition’s insidious plots,” Erdoğan said on May 12, prior to a meeting with senior AKP officials.

claimed that the CHP’s criticism of the government’s handling foreign
policy matters as well as the coronavirus crisis is an indication
that Turkey “is facing a dark mentality.”

“In even such a period, we are facing a dark mentality which is using every means possible [to hurt the gov’t] from touting for a coup to overshadowing our successes in the health sector and diplomacy. We will not leave the floor to this fascist mentality which has lost its balance to the extent that it risks hurting its own country in order to hurt us [AKP],” Erdoğan said.

In similar marks made on May 11, Erdoğan insinuated that the Turkish economy is currently suffering a myriad woes due to “foreign plots.”

are aware of insidious aims behind traps being set for our economy
and the economy’s management,” Erdoğan said on May 11, following
a Cabinet meeting, vowing to defeat these “foreign plots.”

Experts believe that a major pandemic-induced financial crisis is about to hit Turkey. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the Turkish economy will shrink by 5 percent percent for 2020, driving up unemployment to 17.2 percent and inflation to 12 percent. Some predictions paint an even grimmer picture in which unemployment could reach 30 percent.

from Duvar English

About CHP EU Representation

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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