Business leaders issue strong criticism of gov’t

Prominent business leaders expressed implicitly worded yet sharp criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) during the 11th Ordinary General Assembly meeting of the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TanduRKONFED) on Saturday.
and”A new civil Constitution, European Union membership and an equitable legal system is needed,and” said incoming TanduRKONFED Chairman Tarkan Kadooilu. The government has been criticized for stepping away from the EU negotiations and turning its back on its previous reforms, instead now treading into authoritarian waters. The government purged thousands of members of the judiciary following major corruption allegations revealed in December 2013, replacing them with loyalists. In recent months, state prosecutors have filed numerous criminal cases against government critics for and”insults.and”
Kadooilu also emphasized that the settlement process between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) must continue. The process, which was launched by the AK Party, has stalled in recent months with Erdogan going so far as to deny the existence of a Kurdish problem, leading many to believe that he has all but abandoned the process in order to appeal to nationalist voters.
Turkish Industrialists and Businessmenand’s Association (TanduSiAD)hairwoman Cansen Baiaran Symes also weighed in on the current political atmosphere while speaking at the TanduRKONFED meeting.
and”Steps need to be taken in order to establish a speedy, fair and stable judicial system. From the perspective of a secure economic atmosphere, the presence of a strong civil society is very important,and” Symes said.
Erdogan consistently criticizes civil society organizations such as TanduSiAD when they issue statements he finds unfavorable. The relations between Erdogan and TanduSiAD have long been tense. Then-Prime Minister Erdogan declared former TanduSiAD head Muharrem Yilmaz a andquottraitorandquot for calling on the government to return to democracy and the rule of law because he believed the current situation in the country could push away foreign investors. Yilmazand’s companies then became targets of a smear campaign by pro-government dailies and were pressured by officials. Yilmaz eventually resigned from his post as the president of TanduSiAD.
More recently, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu and Erdogan both opted to boycott TanduSiADand’s plenary session that was held in January of this year.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman