Jun 05 2018

Our telephones are wiretapped, says Turkey’s main opposition leader

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Monday said that his party administrators’ telephones are wiretapped by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s comments to members of the press came on a flight from Turkey’s northwestern Çanakkale province, where the CHP leader was on a campaign trail ahead of Turkey’s June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections, where Erdoğan is seeking to retain his seat with increased powers set to come into effect after the polls with the new executive presidential system.

‘’There is no democracy in this country if people are concerned even when talking on the phone,’’ Kılıçdaroğlu said. ‘’My telephone and my party administrators’ telephones have been tapped since I became chairman [of CHP]. Actually, Erdoğan once said, ‘We follow your every breath, Kılıçdaroğlu.’ Turkey has become an counterintelligence state. We’re not enemies for you to be listening to us. Actually, this is some kind of unique illness - an illness of the inability to rule the country and anxiety about your future.’’

Kılıçdaroğlu noted that Felicity (Saadet) Party leader Temel Karamollaoğlu’s phone was also tapped.

CHP and Felicity Party are part of oppositon  “the Nation Alliance,” which also inludes right-wing nationalist İYİ (Good) Party and the center-right Democrat Party (DP).