Turkey’s Good Party leader “irresponsible” – government spokesman

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accused opposition nationalist Good Party leader Meral Akşener of warmongering and being irresponsible for saying that camps had been set up to train armed civilian paramilitaries, pro-government newspaper Sabah said.

“What kind of a discourse is this? This is not even possible. The Republic of Turkey is on duty. This is civilian warmongering,” AKP spokesman Mahir Ünal was quoted as saying. “Talking about such things is irresponsibility above anything else.”

Akşener said on Tuesday that there were strong claims that armed civilians had been on the streets after a government decree that sanctioned civilian resistance to the 2016 coup attempt appeared to offer impunity for future action against what might be seen threats to the state.

Turkey is to hold local, parliamentary and presidential elections by November next year with the AKP looking shaky after more than 15 years in power. Akşener is seen as a potentially vote-splitting rival who could loosen President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grip on power.

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