CHP submits question on Erdogan bid for foreign residence

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has submitted a parliamentary question about allegations that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as several politicians, journalists and businessmen, sought visas for permanent residence in a number of countries, including Venezuela and France, in the aftermath of the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption scandal that implicated some of Erdogan’s close associates and several high-level politicians.

CHP Istanbul deputy Mahmut Tanal directed the question to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, seeking an answer to the ongoing speculation that has fueled uncertainty about the motives of government officials in the days following the sweeping graft investigation that sent shockwaves across the country.

“Is it true that these people applied for visas for permanent residence in France and Venezuela? If they did, what were the dates of these applications? Have these applications been accepted by those countries?” Tanal asked in the parliamentary question.