CHP leader slams unlawful trustee appointments to leading companies

Main opposition Republican Peopleandrsquos Party (CHP)hairman Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu has strongly criticized recent government-backed appointment of trustees to leading private companies, saying such moves deal a severe blow to Turkish democracy.
and”The state is adding yet another poor mark on our countryandrsquos report card on democracy by unlawfully appoint trustees to holdings that employ hundreds of people,and” Kiliandcdaroilu said in comments on Twitter on Thursday.
and”The world is cherishing big companies for economic development. But Turkey is appointing trustees with high salaries to big companies,and” he continued.
His statements come after panel of trustees were appointed to Kaynak Holding, a group that owns the countryand’s largest publishing house, in a government-backed move on Wednesday.
Kaynak Holding, comprising 23 companies, owns the largest publishing house in Turkey, Kaynak Publishing House, and the NT Maiazalari nationwide bookstore chain along with 100 publishing brands and employs more than 8,000 people.
The court decision to put Kaynak under receivership came only days after a similar court decision imposed the same practice on Koza ipek Holding, which had among its subsidiaries four media outlets critical of the governmentand’s policies. The courtsand’ decisions are regarded by most as the last waves of pressure against the faith-based Gandulen movement, which is inspired by the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
The CHP leader recalled recent statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he claimed that members of the Gandulen movement and”betrayedand” him and accused Erdogan of using judiciary as a tool for his personal revenge.
and”Erdogan admits that he is involved in a personal enmity [against the Gandulen movement]. Bu the judiciary means justice not revenge,and” he said. The president created the term and”parallel state,and” a derogatory term and a great hoax, to refer to sympathizers of the faith-based civic group Hizmet, popularly known as the Gandulen movement and inspired by the views of Gandulen.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and President Erdogan have redesigned the police force and the judiciary, claiming a and”parallel structureand” within the state is planning to overthrow the ruling government via the graft probe.
A witch hunt has been carried out against many members of the police force and judiciary since Dec. 17, 2013, when a major graft probe was revealed following police operations into people from AK Party circles. The operations even implicated family members of then-Prime Minister Erdogan. Following the breaking of the scandal, Turkey saw the biggest reshuffle to its police force, judiciary in history.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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