Fmr PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan and his ruling party

A former prime minister and close adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the Turkish government on Monday and blamed "narrow and greedy group" within the Justice and Development Party (AKP) for the bad results of the local elections as well as current polarisation in Turkey. 

Ahmet Davutoglu, who had to quit in May of 2016 due to the pressure he faced from Erdogan and his leadership, said on his Facebook page that the fact that the president is taking a side in the election and is a party to campaign polemics disengages the office from at least half of country.

Davutoglu also wrote that under the circumstances the issue of having both a party leadership and the presidency should be reevaluated and the problems stemming from this situation should be tackled. 

Davutoglu also added “the election results show that alliance politics have caused damage to our party, both in terms of voter levels and the party’s identity."

In last election which was held on March 31st, although AKP and its far-right nationalist ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) received about 52 per cent of the total vote, AKP lost almost all of Turkey's big cities, except Bursa. Currently AKP has applied for rerun of the Istanbul election after it lost the city to Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu. Erdogan and his party have so far refused conceding to the defeat.

Davutoglu said the party's reformist, liberal ethos had been replaced in recent years by a more statist, security-based approach that was driven by concerns about preserving the status quo.

He also said recent economic policy decisions showed a move away from free market principles and that "scaring global investors necessary to the development of the country is a dead-end".

"The main reason for the economic crisis is an administration crisis. Trust in the administration vanishes if economic policy decisions are far from reality."