AKP secretary-general calls main opposition leader ‘national security problem’

Abdülhamit Gül

According to Abdulhamit Gül, the secretary-general of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has become a national security problem because party members attended a rally with “supporters of terrorism.”

Gül, who was addressing fellow party members in Gaziantep, criticized the attendance of CHP members at a rally in Kartal last week protesting the arrest of 10 Kurdish deputies from Parliament. The AKP secretary-general accused Kılıçdaroğlu of doing politics just like the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which is the third largest party in the legislature.

According to Gül, the CHP, which was established by the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, has turned into a political party that supports those who say they receive the backing of “terrorists,” in reference to arrested HDP Co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s remarks about Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Along with Yüksekdağ, the other co-chair of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, was also arrested on charges of terrorist links on Nov. 4.

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  1. Clearly the light bulb your standing next to has not illuminated you enough to see that HDP was nominated by its constituency; therefore, according to the rule of law, they have every right to have a seat and sit in those seats in Parliament. The people have spoken and will continue to speak out, until the Turkish citizenry rids itself of Erdogan and people such as yourself Mr. Gul. Whether you want to ingest it or not, the “rule of law exist. None of us live in a vacuum Mr. Gul; most surely one day you will learn to eat brick and mortar.