Opposition leader Kilicdaroglu continues to press Erdogan for answers on U.S. firm McKinsey
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday continued questioning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Ankara’s deal with U.S. consulting firm McKinsey & Company, asking whether Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Ministry of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, who announced the deal, would maintain his seat, left-wing Birgün daily reported.
Kılıçdaroğlu leveled a series of questions at Erdoğan, who earlier on Saturday ordered his colleagues in the government not to seek services from the U.S. company, despite Albayrak’s statement last week that Turkey had decided to work with the firm during a conference in New York.
The announcement from Albayrak came under fire from the country’s main opposition for siding with U.S. firms at a time when Turkey is suffering a financial crisis to due to a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington over the detention of U.S. pastor, among other issues.
‘’Is it not you who signed the deal?’’ the CHP leader asked during a party gathering in the northwestern province of Eskişehir. ‘’Now Erdoğan is telling his colleagues not to consult with the firm… I have one more question for him. Is your son-in-law who signed the deal going to retain his post or not? How much was this deal signed for? How many millions of dollars were you going to pay?’’
Earlier this week, Albayrak defended the agreement with McKinsey, accusing anyone who did not want Turkey to work with McKinsey as “either ignorant or a traitor.”
Erdogan’s address to his colleagues which followed, however, indicated the deal had been scrapped.
“This person (Kilicdaroglu) is trying to corner us by asking questions about a consultancy firm that has been paid in full to help our economic management,” the Turkish president said. “In order to not give him that chance ... I told all my ministers to no longer receive consultancy from them (McKinsey).”
The CHP leader maintains Erdogan was forced to cancel the deal with the U.S-firm after failing to disclose the details of the agreement that he had asked for earlier in the week.