Dec 26 2017

Turkey falls apart if I leave, Erdoğan says

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said they built their political movement on “one nation, one flag, one homeland, one state” and if he is asked to leave leadership, Turkey would fall apart.

Erdoğan said, “saying Erdoğan should leave” means “all of our politics, all of our efforts that are based on the unity of our nation, our flag, our homeland, our state to be destroyed.”

During his address at the 22nd village heads meeting in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, Erdoğan also slammed the Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) without naming, accused its MPs of “terrorism.”

“The Turkish Parliament should urgently finalise the matter of legislative immunity of those who caused the death of 52 citizens” Erdoğan was quoted as saying by left-leaning news website PolitikYol, in an apparent reference to the riots of October 2014 in Kurdish-dominant southeast of the country where more than 50 people has died.

At the time, Turkey has blocked the Syrian border during the extremist jihadist Islamic State’s (IS) siege over Kobani, a Syrian Kurdish town on the Turkey border. HDP accused ruling AKP for doing nothing against the IS, Erdoğan accused the Kurdish political leaders for inciting the riots.

Turkey needs a ‘national coalition’ against terrorism, where people should leave their differences apart and “unite against all threats against Turkey,” said Erdoğan.

“But I don’t consider the members of a party that acts as a wing of a terrorist organisation as a legitimate political actor” he said, referring to HDP.

“Their legislative immunities should be stripped, and [MPs] should be send to the courts,” said Erdoğan.

“Those who make statements against our anti-terrorism policy are taking sides with the terrorists,” he added.