Turkish opposition lawmaker resigns from party citing Soros influence

A Turkish member of parliament resigned from the opposition centre-right Good Party on Monday, accusing its leadership of working for foundations linked to U.S.-Hungarian financier George Soros, state-run Anadolu news agency said. 

"Those who work in imperialist Soros foundations have been appointed to sensitive positions on the executive board," İsmail Ok, a deputy from the western province of Balıkesir, said in a resignation statement.

Soros is accused by Turkey's pro-government press of having secretly financed the 2013 nationwide Gezi Park protests, the biggest demonstrations against the rule President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since he came to power in 2003.

Ok went on to accuse Good Party leader Meral Akşener of turning a blind eye to the crisis brewing in the party.

"Even worse, the chairwoman saw no harm in the appointments of Soros fans to the party's key positions although she knew the situation," he said.

Ok’s resignation leaves Good Party with 37 seats in parliament.

The party was founded by rebels from the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who objected to their old party’s alliance with the AKP and its support for the move to the presidential system in 2018.