CHP leader urges Erdoğan to break silence on bribe allegations concerning AKP municipality

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to comment on the allegations of bribe in a municipality run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“Who took the bribe worth 500,000 Turkish Liras? Why are you all silent?” Kılıçdaroğlu asked about the claims concerning the municipality in the Serik district of the southern province of Antalya.

Serik Mayor Enver Aputkan on May 5 claimed that a brawl over a bribe worth 500,000 liras erupted after a meeting attended by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu and deputies of the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

According to Aputkan, an individual from the previous administration took the said bribe, but no one was willing to look into the incident.

Aputkan accused the ministers of remaining silent in the face of the allegations and asked Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu to send inspectors to the municipality.

‘Honest individual’

Kılıçdaroğlu on May 20 urged Erdoğan to comment after no steps were taken on the issue despite two weeks have passed.

“The Serik mayor is from the AKP and an honest individual. A meeting was held and a bribe is mentioned. Who took this bribe? The mayor objects to this and they said, ‘You didn’t take it, the previous administration did.’ So, we’ve been asking for a long time. Who took this?” he said.

Saying that everyone from the government comments when similar allegations are aimed at CHP municipalities, Kılıçadaroğlu noted that they will instead be angry at him for asking the question.

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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