Davutoğlu’s Future Party comes out strong against Turkish government

Artificial waterway project Kanal Istanbul was dictated, a report by Turkey’s former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Future Party said, and called for a referendum on the project.

The project will affect Turkey’s entire future, from the environment to disaster management, to the country’s security and defence strategy, the report announced by deputy chairman Feridun Bilgin was quoted by Turkish daily Sözcü as saying on Friday.

“As it requires the allocation of great material and immaterial resources, [Kanal Istanbul] will put a huge burden on future generations,” the report said.

Authorities that would make the final decision on the project have been misled, and those with responsibilities remained silent, it continued, adding that deception and silence “will be held to account in front of the nation and history.”

Reconsidering the project according to the will of the nation, and stopping it if necessary, would show political virtue as well as respect to the nation and its future, the report said.

“If the project is not abandoned, at least the opinion of Istanbul’s residents needs to be sought and a referendum should be held,” it said.

Maritime traffic through the Bosporus strait is on a decline, and the trend is estimated to continue due to natural gas pipeline projects Turkey is involved in, namely the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline and TurkStream, with Azerbaijan and Russia respectively, the report continued.

There hasn’t been an accident involving fire on the Bosporus since 1994, the report said, responding to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments on the infamous Independenta accident.

On the same day, Future Party’s shadow cabinet member Serkan Özcan slammed Minister of Treasury Berat Albayrak regarding economy management and inflation in a series of tweets.

“Mr. Minister of Treasury saw coming thirteenth worst among 194 countries worldwide as a grand occasion to boast,” Özcan said.

“Mr. Minister seems to be sloppy regarding terminology,” Özcan continued, “Objective and forecasting mean different things in economics. Using the wrong term in the wrong place will have serious consequences.”

Özcan said the Central Bank, which lost its independency and answered to Albayrak, disagreed with the minister and announced the objective for 2019 as five percent inflation.

“The concept of objective has been used in official documents to express wishes like ‘it is clear we won’t make the real objective, let’s at least make this happen.’ In other places it has come to mean expectations or forecasts found through calculations,” another tweet by Özcan read.  

Turkey broke a previous record with a 20.3 percent inflation, several times over the actual objective of five percent, Özcan continued.

"And, it wouldn't be so bad if there was an economy management that knew the difference between objective and forecast," Özcan said at the end of his series.