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Turkey: AK party asks opposition to stop telling 'lies'

01 Décembre 2017

The Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office said they have initiated an investigation over Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's speech in parliament this Tuesday saying that money was transferred irregularly to Bellway Ltd, an overseas company.

The court ruled that a protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights requiring regular free parliamentary elections did not apply to referendums.

Stepping up his attack on the party, Erdogan said this week the CHP was no longer the main opposition party, but "the party of treason".

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Mahir Unal, the AK Party's spokesman and the party's deputy chairman, said Kilicdaroglu should give those documents to a court and prove the claims himself.

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"Secondly, and importantly, referendums are not usually organised as a means of electing citizens to certain posts, in other words as an election giving the electorate the possibility to choose the legislature".

"In the present case, although the Constitutional Referendum introduced many significant changes to the Constitution, the people of Turkey were clearly not choosing any particular person or persons for a legislative post or posts".

The reforms passed in April will extend the Turkish president's executive powers, and the president will also be allowed to retain ties to a political party.

Simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections for a five-year term will be held in November 2019 under the new constitution.

Turkey: AK party asks opposition to stop telling 'lies'