Former president Gül is a traitor, says AKP deputy chairman

AKP co-founder and former president Abdullah Gül is a “traitor” for considering running against Erdoğan in the Jun. 24 elections this year, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s Deputy Chairman, Hamza Dağ, has said.

Gül served as the 11th President of Turkey who served until 2014 when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected to the role after serving three terms as Prime Minister. Gül and Erdoğan were among the conservative politicians who co-founded the AKP in 2001.

“He is among those who have betrayed our movement … Anyone who thinks of running against Erdoğan is a traitor,” secularist newspaper Cumhuriyet quoted Dağ as saying at an event for the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice on Sunday.

Gül was named as a possible opposition umbrella candidate to stand against Erdoğan in the presidential election this year.

He bowed out due to a lack of consensus among the opposition parties, but also reportedly after pressure from the ruling party.
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