Turkish opposition leader the “project of international forces” - government

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was brought to his position by international forces who are now using him against Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu told a crowd in Bursa on Monday.

“They took down the relatively local and national CHP leader Deniz Baykal in a dirty cassette tape operation in 2011 and they brought in today’s man,” he said, referring to Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Baykal resigned in 2011 after the emergence of a sex tape which he blamed on then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“Today’s man is a project. Today’s man is a project carrying out the domestic work for international forces that have set up traps for Turkey and he is at the absolute centre of the network of treachery,” Çavuşoğlu said.

However, he added, the people were aware of who Kılıçdaroğlu truly was.

“But our nation has a high level of insight, our nation is deeply prudent, it sees the games that are being played,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Kılıçdaroğlu has recently been hounding the government over allegations of bribery and corruption that have emerged in a sanctions-busting trial in the United States, and has also released bank documents he said showed relatives of the president had received tens of millions of dollars from a company based in the Isle of Man.