Davutoğlu says he begged Erdoğan not to appoint son-in-law as finance minister

The leader of the opposition Future Party and former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said he pleaded with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to not appoint his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as treasury and finance minister in July 2018.

The former Erdoğan ally said on Wednesday that he warned the president of the ramifications of appointing his own family member as the country’s economy czar, saying the move would damage his governing Justice and Development Party (AKP).

"I told him that someone close to you entering politics will cause damage to everyone,’’ Duvar news site cited Davutoğlu as saying during a convention for his Future Party in the western city of Fethiye. "But I could not get him to hear me out.’’

Davutoğlu made the remarks while commenting on the ongoing debate over the policies of Albayrak, who resigned in a surprise move in November.

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) says the 43-year-old former treasury and finance minister used up tens of billions of dollars of the central bank's foreign currency reserves last year in a failed attempt to defend the ailing lira. 

The CHP demanded that Albayrak and Erdoğan account for the losses. The Turkish president earlier this week labelled the allegations as a direct attack upon himself and his family while praising his son-in-law’s record on the economy.

"I would like to ask the president now: what good did it do? Who won?’’ Davutoğlu said. "Now you are forced to defend a minister who depleted Turkey’s Treasury and pushed the reserves of the central bank to a negative all in the name of defending your family.’’

Davutoğlu was the prime minister and chairman of the ruling AKP from 2014 to 2016 until he fell out with Erdoğan. He resigned from the party in Sept. 2019 before starting the rival Future Party in December of the same year.