Turkish government scares domestic business world - DEVA party leader

The leader of Turkey’s opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) Ali Babacan accused the government on Saturday of intimidating country's business world, news website T24 reported.

Babacan said he found it strange that 67 businessmen wished to remain anonymous on a recent top taxpayers list in Turkey. “It is a risk for them to reveal their name in a period of mass poverty in the country.”

Also, there is this attitude of 'oh brother, the government may chase us' in the business world, the DEVA leader said. The source of this fear is that the government forces businessmen to rely on state power, he said.

Poverty is a huge problem in Turkey, Babacan said. "Twenty-three million people live on less than 40 Turkish liras ($5)", he said, citing figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK). Babacan said that the requirement of enjoying welfare benefits is a membership in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).