Apr 24 2019

AKP-linked university pulls plug on event to be attended by ex-PM Davutoğlu’s wife

An event to be attended by Turkey’s former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğu’s wife at a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)-linked Istanbul university was cancelled without citing any reason, independent news site T24 reported.

The cancellation of the advertised event at Medipol University, where Sare Davutoğlu, a gynocologist, was slated to make an appearance, arrives on the heels of the former prime minister’s criticism of the March 31 local elections, which saw multiple recounts and ongoing requests for annulment by the ruling  Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Medipol University was founded by AKP’s current Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca.

Following statements from Davutoğlu earlier this week, the university took down the posters featuring Sare Davutoğlu, T24 said.

A former  close adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Davutoğlu harshly criticised the Turkish government on Monday,  blaming a “narrow and greedy group” within the party for the seats in the country’s major cities in local elections as well as for the current polarisation in Turkey.

AKP lost five of Turkey’s most populous provinces in the March 31 polls, in what is being labelled as the greatest defeat for the Islamist party which has ruled Turkey for 17 years.

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, who had to quit in May of 2016 due to the pressure he faced from Erdogan and his leadership, said on his Facebook page.

Some expect Davutoğlu to announce the establishment of a new conservative party that will be a rival of the AKPi while other prominent figures of the ruling party, such as former President Abdullah Gül and the former Economy Minister Ali Babacan, also sidelined by Erdoğan, are known to have rolled up their sleeves for a similar mission.