Legal investigation into every member of main opposition’s party council

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has initiated a legal investigation into all 60 members of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) council plus party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu over accusations of insulting the president, the state and the Turkish nation, according to Hürriyet.

The accusations come over a statement released by the council last year, following the arrests of journalists at Cumhuriyet newspaper and members of parliament belonging to the mostly-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party.

“The palace and AKP (ruling Justice and Development Party) administrators, who are aiding and abetting the FETÖ, PKK and ISIS (Islamic State) terror organisations, are the biggest threat to the survival of our democracy and our country,” the CHP statement said.

The Fethullahist Terror Organisation (FETÖ) was a term adopted by the Turkish government to describe the Fethullah Gülen movement, the followers of a preacher-in-exile in Pennsylvania, while the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a Kurdish separatist group that has intermittently been at war with the Turkish state since being founded in 1978.

Hürriyet quoted CHP deputy İlhan Cihaner as saying “this is the first time a party’s Party Council has ever been investigated wholesale.”