Business association attempting to undermine Erdoğan, says Turkish president's adviser

Turkey’s top business association is involved in a plot to displace democratically elected officials, said Yiğıt Bulut, a leading adviser of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in an article published by pro-government daily Star on Tuesday.

Bulut’s article said the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) had undermined Erdoğan by using its financial clout and meeting with party officials instead of him.

Erdoğan slammed TÜSİAD on Tuesday after the business association voiced mild criticism of the Supreme Election Council’s decision to cancel and rerun the Istanbul election, which was won on March 31 by an opposition candidate.

“"We see that some business associations have been making bizarre statements," Erdoğan said in a speech, before adding that businesspeople should “know their place” before he “changes his mind” about them.

The decision to cancel the election has received widespread condemnation from opposition figures in Turkey and foreign observers, who have said the decision came as a result of political pressure.

Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party have said there was evidence of electoral fraud and irregularities during the March 31 vote, and the president pushed for a rerun the weekend before the council convened to make its decision.